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Wilderness: The Lost Writings, Vol. 1

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"Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything, it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all the doors. You can walk through any one that suits you." -- Jim Morrison

As the lead singer and song writer for The Doors, Jim Morrison brought the poetry of the damned to rock'n'roll. As a poet, he infused verse with the wild lyricism and mesmerizing beat of rock. By the time of his d
Paperback, 214 pages
Published December 17th 1989 by Random House Vintage Books (first published 1988)
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Jason Koivu
I rate Jim Morrison's poetry the way I do John Lennon's famous doodles. Technically they're borderline atrocious to fair with the occasional flicker of insight. However, it's their creator that makes them so intriguing.

Replete with copies of Morrison's handwritten work and photos, Wilderness: The Lost Writings is a collection of simple-but-enigmatic phrasings that could loosely be called poetry, made more interesting due to the writer's fame/infamy. This is best read by Doors fans, especially i
Feb 28, 2015 Joseph rated it really liked it
Shelves: music, poetry
People need connectors
Writers, heroes, stars,
To give life form.

I have been a Doors fan since the late 1970s when rock music first started to speak to me as more than just music. The Doors were an influence not only on me but people I soon came to listen too, like Patti Smith. Even now, at work and being the old guy in the shop, its good to hear Millennials putting The Doors on the shop stereo.

There is little doubt that Ray Manzarek was a musical genius, but he could not hold the band
Jan 03, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it
Jim Morrison changed my life in college. Ironically, he was dead at the time, but it's true. I love so many of the poems in this volume but one stands out right now, after I've experienced fall and am experiencing winter for the first time in years:

A man rakes leaves into
a heap in his yard, a pile,
& leans on his rake &
burns them utterly.
The fragrance fills the forest
children pause & heed the
smell, which will become
nostalgia in several years
Dec 17, 2012 Mikimbizii rated it it was amazing
While flipping though the pages of Wilderness at a local book store, I found these lines:

“I am troubled, immeasurably
by your eyes.
I am struck by the feather
of your soft reply.
The sound of glass
speaks quick, disdain
and conceals
what your eyes fight
to explain.”

Morrison is an amazing poet, a legend, a rascal, a prophet.
Oct 04, 2007 J.P. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: poets, poetry lovers
I guess I'm a biased reviewer here. I am a passionate Doors fan. If you're a casual Doors listener, you'll find Morrison's writing rough sledding. But if you're like me, you'll love this collection of previously unpublished poems and ephemera.

Perhaps Jim wasn't the most polished poet in the world. His work often smacks of the high school English star drunk on words. But he's got some wonderful imagery in here, and seems to be aware of the wonderful SOUND words can make when they're played off ea
Like The American Night: The Writings of Jim Morrison Volume 2, Wilderness provides readers with the inspiring, albeit often confusing, hallucinatory poetry of Morrison. The rhythm of the pieces often themselves intoxicating, one can almost feel as if the phonemic structure of Morrison's work has an underlying pattern that the average person just cannot quite articulate. For aspiring poets, this collection of poems is an extraordinary example of the affects of sound on poetry and how important i ...more
Aug 06, 2010 Timothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you think you know Jim Morrison from the classic rock station and the Oliver Stone movie, think again. Some deep stuff here.
Mar 30, 2008 Brandon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Jim Morrison and the music of the Doors
Shelves: own
I have been a fan of the Doors since watching Oliver Stone's biopic and I've since been intrigued by the persona of Jim Morrison. While Stone's film and other critics often view Morrison as a drunken buffoon, I could see there was more to him. I've read a handful of biographies and it has only helped increase my awe and respect of the 60's music icon. The man was a genius and had great appreciation for art, hoping to segue his music career into that as a writer/poet/filmmaker. Wilderness is the ...more
Betty Gowans
Jun 23, 2014 Betty Gowans rated it really liked it
Though it may be difficult for some readers to understand where Jim was coming from in his poems, they were overall visionary and beautiful in their own right. Some poems were purely observation, but that was what he saw in society from his perspective. While some may shudder at the grotesque and scoff at the pedestrian poems, that is his artistic expression in its rawest form. I feel his poems are the lyrics that didn't quite cut it for the rest of the doors. A marvelous read for any Doors or m ...more
Jan 23, 2015 Y. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The grand highway is crowded with lovers & searchers & leavers so eager to please & forget. Wilderness.

How to rate someones poetry and quotes other than five stars? I loved every page and every words and every feeling that it gaved me.

for all the world lies hushed & fallen
green ships dangle
on the surface of
Ocean & sky- birds
glide smugly among
the planes
Gaunt crippled houses
Strangle the cliffs
In the East, in the cities
a hum of life
begins, now come.

Morrison <3
May 24, 2016 Işıl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
His poetry: W.B. Yeats meets Frank O'Hara.
All of them need reading over and over again.
Another favorite book of poetry!
Marcia Guimaraes
Apr 30, 2014 Marcia Guimaraes rated it really liked it
The self-interview, right at the beginning of the book, gives us a glimpse of what to expect. Jim was not only a singer but a writer or, as he prefers to define himself, a poet actually. He read great writers (I'm kinda jealous of the amount of stuff he read and owned) and has been influenced by them. The rebellious Jim was highly influenced by poets like Rimbaud and his poetry is portrayed with critics to institutions as church, society and family, and to himself, as well. He depicts himself in ...more
Sep 11, 2016 Drew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, poetry
I bought this volume of Jim Morrison’s poetry at Starrlight Books, a great shop in Flagstaff, Arizona. I’ve been fascinated with Morrison since I first started listened to the Doors back in high school in the 80s. This is a wonderful collection that goes, in my opinion, far beyond his writings with that band. I’m so glad to have picked it up and will place it among my other treasured books.

I read this volume straight through it on the plane ride home a few days later. A few of my recent reading
Conor Callahan
Jan 04, 2015 Conor Callahan rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. It was the first poetry book by Jim Morrison that I have read and it really was an enjoyable read. The book was appropriately titled "Wilderness" because Jim often used the word in his poems, and allot of his poems featured themes of the wild. Most the poems focused on his opinions of life, Death, Music, and modern America (from 1968-71). Because this book was released after his death there are a few unfinished poems in the book. Allot of the poems are also not titled, but ...more
George Huxley
Nov 13, 2016 George Huxley rated it really liked it
JIM!!!!! Why do all the good guys have to croak? I love this man so much. He writes like a drugged-out god, which is exactly what it is. Some might interpret this as the ramblings of some freak high off his ass, but it is only obvious to the faithful that it is much more than that, this is the writing of a man, in touch with a high intelligence, whether that connection was found in drugs or just Jim's sheer intellect is inconsequential, it is simply the state of being with Morrison, he knows wha ...more
Dec 18, 2008 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
I suppose if I died today and some bunch of jackasses published my notebooks full of unpolished, rambling or snippets poetry, I'd be embarrassed as hell, but I'd hope they would have the profound affect on someone that these did on me. Obsessed as a teen, I am still haunted today by his words, and he probably influenced my writing style more than any other poet.
Jan 12, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
Delving into the mind of a person or presence like that of Jim Morrison is a privilege. I only wish more artists/writers would be so bold as to do the same. This is one of my personal favorites....

I am troubled
By your eyes

I am struck
By the feather
Of your soft

The sound of glass
Speaks quick

And conceals
What your eyes fight
To explain
Feb 01, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing
I will always love Jim Morrison and his poetry. He was a genius and he will be remembered. That is if the world survives nehneh

do you think maybe 5 thousand years from now people might still read him? maybe? maybe not?

he couldn't help who he was how he lived and how he died. can you? I can't. can anyone?

I think he is one of the finest poets this country ever produced.
May 30, 2014 Thomas rated it really liked it
This isn't poetry in the traditional sense of the word. This is like beat poetry mixed with Rock n' Roll. I enjoy a lot of the imagery that is used. I wish American Prayer was available without the background music. Anyone know if that is available?
Richard Garza
Jun 02, 2014 Richard Garza rated it it was amazing
A great collection of offbeat poetry written by a brilliant mind in Jim Morrison. I would highly recommend checking it out for anyone who is a fan of The Doors or just really strange but intriguing poetry. Definitely a good read
Logan Beardall
Sep 29, 2015 Logan Beardall rated it it was amazing
What a sophisticated man. You won't find more meaningful poetry and at the same time more obscure. It is truly amazing poetry from a truly amazing man. You will not seem more confused at times, and you will not feel more put together at times.
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock thanks to my parents so listening to The Doors is pretty nostalgic for me. Some of the poetry in this book is very 'out there' but there are also quite a few beautiful and philosophical entries.
Sean Chick
Nov 23, 2012 Sean Chick rated it it was amazing
This was a hard book to read. Morrison was a fine poet, by turns funny, deep, and most of all honest with himself. I read that he wanted to be a poet more than a rocker; that was his goal in life as rock stardom died down. If only...
Aug 17, 2015 Rosa rated it really liked it
''You're too young to be old.

You don't need to be told,

You want to see things as they are.

You know exactly what I do.

Jeanne Dark
Jul 29, 2013 Jeanne Dark rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, inspiring, filled with the beauty of destruction and creation. Limitless. A milestone in my life.
Logan Weatherly
Aug 04, 2008 Logan Weatherly rated it it was amazing
Interesting. This collection shows how deep Morrison was and how hard he work to perfect his writings. Thats all i can really say.
Jan 02, 2014 Plam rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing and magical poetry! Masterfully playing with the right words which are directly hitting the subconsciousness.
Love it.
Aug 06, 2007 KJP rated it it was amazing
I havent picked this up in 15 years or so...but back in HS, I loved this stuff. Wonder how it would look to me now.
Willow Redd
May 23, 2015 Willow Redd rated it really liked it
Jim Morrison was, above all else, a writer. During his short 27 years, he wrote a little of everything; poetry, prose, song lyrics, film scripts, plays, you name it. Here we have a collection of his poetry.

This is a book that I picked up in Raleigh back when I was a student at NCSU. I can't quite remember, but I think this might have been the first book I ever purchased from Edward McCay's (the first of so, so many). It fell into my stacks of unread books until just recently.

Even before reading
Oct 10, 2015 Neri. rated it liked it
3.5. Jim Morrison presents his unique poetry for reader to enjoy and judge in this written form. My high school english teacher gave me this book to read. I wasn't very fond of it but it was okey.
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“I am troubled, immeasurably
by your eyes.
I am struck by the feather
of your soft reply.
The sound of glass
speaks quick, disdain
and conceals
what your eyes fight
to explain.”
“The Night is young
& full of rest
I can’t describe
the way she’s dress’d
She’ll pander to some strange
Anything that you suggest
Anything to please her guest.”
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