Fear of Dreaming: The Selected Poems
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Fear of Dreaming: The Selected Poems

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Paperback, 2, 288 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 1993)
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Jessica
This is the book that made me fall in love with poetry, and that's BIG, man. When I was 14, 15, 16, I thought this was a book of overwhelming genius, talent, creativity, insanity. How could anyone not love this stuff-it was sooo different.

In hindsight, however, I've found that it takes a certain type of person to enjoy Carroll's poetry. Academics, for the most part, seem to have ignored him; he's very similar to ee cummings, minus the eloquence. But he's a NYC poet writing about heroin, rock n...more
Dan
Mar 16, 2009 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I first learned of Jim Carroll while watching the Ron Mann documentary Poetry in Motion. The film ended with Carroll reading "Just Visiting," a great prose poem from his The Book of Nods. Fear of Dreaming includes selections from that book, and from his earlier poetic work Living at the Movies.

Free verse in which the poet employs strong images to represent his experiences of heroin (needles and veins), Catholicism (saints and sacred objects, feast days), New York (the subways, the streets, the n...more
Sara Comuzzo
una raccolta di poesie sublime.
che racconta la strada, amici morti, amici a cui hanno sparato. amici nel giro della droga, lo stesso poeta nel giro della droga. una serie di visioni, variazioni estive, variazioni newyorkesi come le definisce lui stesso.
uno stile potente, che si riduce all'osso, che fa fotografie e te le pianta davanti.
un grande poeta, poco conosciuto ed è un peccato.
a chi voglia saperne di più, consiglio il film Ritorno dal Nulla con Di Caprio, biografia di Jim Carroll.

un pezzo...more
Matt Phillips
Great poems and editing. Had this since I was 16––it's held together with duct tape at this point.
Laura
This is my favorite collection of poetry.
Megan
stunning...
Adam
Mar 25, 2008 Adam rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
This is a collection of poems and short stories by Jim Carroll. The poems are free in form and dream like in that they wander from line to line in a hallucinatory sort of way. It is hard to make sense of the scenes that are depicted in some of them, but that, in a way, adds to their charm. The poems take the reader to new places and experiences, all tinged with the spirit of New York City.

An interesting though difficult read.
Candice
"Richard Brautigan,
I don't care who you are fucking
in your clean california air

I just don't care

though mine are more beautiful anyway
(though more complex perhaps)

and we have white flowers too
right over our window on 10th St.
like hands that mark tiny x's
across infinity day by day"

Dan
Feb 06, 2012 Dan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: tbwso
I read this book after seeing the movie "The Basketball Diaries". My interest was piqued and I went out and purchased. Love Carrol's style and flow. It was gritty,raw and real. If you aren't sure if you like poetry/don't know where to start building your poetry collection, this book is a good place to start.
Eileen
I used to take my copy of Fear of Dreaming everywhere with me. The poetry isn't for everyone because some of it is kind of difficult to comprehend, but there are certain lines that just *stuck* with me long after I've read the book.
Stevie
I love Jim Carroll but I have a difficult time reading poetry. I was very excited about this book but unfortunately I think I am not open minded enough to understand, as much as I want to.
Sarah
I liked the poems and short stories it was filled with. I couldn't relate to most of it but some of the words inspired me to write a bit of my own. Some of them are worth reading.
R.Joseph
Jan 01, 2010 R.Joseph rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Poetry saturated with variance! Jim Carroll is like street cardboard because many people will just ignore it or complain about it, while others like me need it to survive!
Shhhtevie  St. Evie
There is just something about the way Carroll strings words along that makes his poetry haunting, enough to linger in your mind even after the book is closed.
april violet
A few of the poems and short stories are a little flat, but otherwise I dig it. I'm keen on the New York City Variations.
Wes Young
Dec 07, 2008 Wes Young rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who are gluttons for punnishment or masochists who hate themselves
Although it sounds improbable, Carroll's music and lyrics are far better than his poetry.
Eileen Huang
Honestly, Jim Carroll is one of my all-time favourite poets.
Aaron
This book is worth it for the poem Love Story.
Cheryl
Favorite sections: Living at the Movies; Poems 1973-1985
Ichor
My favourite poet, my favourite poetry book.
Jenn
jim carroll delivers!
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James Dennis "Jim" Carroll was an author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. Carroll was best known for his 1978 autobiographical work The Basketball Diaries, which was made into the 1995 film of the same name with Leonardo DiCaprio as Carroll.
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