Fear of Dreaming: The Selected Poems of Jim Carroll
Carroll, Jim. Fear of Dreaming: The Selected Poems
of Jim Carroll. Nov. 1993. 292p. Penguin, paper, $12.50 (0-14-058695-4).
Galley 811'.54 [BKL]
At 22, Carroll, already acclaimed for his Basketball Diaries,
published his first collection of poems, Living at the Movies
(1973), written in a brand of free verse at once hallucinatory
and sharply focused. Touching, disturbing, and deeply personal,
Carroll mines Catholic symbolism and mean-street and drug imagery
with poignant intensity. In The Book of Nods (1985), his
second collection, prose poems paying an acknowledged debt to
Rimbaud depict urgent desperation in New York City and California.
Penguin here combines Carroll's two earlier collections with some
more recent poems and a vignette titled "Calvin's Charm" [sic].
Meanwhile, Carroll is also known for three rock n' roll albums.
© 1993 American Library Association