When you'd see him in the neighborhood he always had a really wild, untamed look in his eyes. Either it was the herion residue, or all the words that hadn't yet left his head. Now he'll probably get a bit of a re-assessment and his work will come out in the light some more.
Didn't really know his work, and yet I knew he was a huge force both in the neighborhood and the alt literary circles. Our paths rarely met either, yet I know so many who were inspired by him.
Those rare ones (like Jim Carroll) who become true poet cult heroes - Byron, Patti Smith et al - are SO valuable. Without these "rock stars", poetry might be a dying form. With them, its reborn every few generations.
jim carroll was an inspiration to me when i was still in High school. dirty,crude & a big mess with a scary look. saw this legend around the east village streets 3 or 4 times in my travels but never stopped him to say hi. I'm from the type that doesn't like to annoy "stars" or boost their ego's ! He also had somewhat of a hit song with "all the people who died" about his lost friends. I agree that his POET status helped revive it (poetry)for the future newbees & one of my all time favs poets karen finley (thankfully she still walk amoung us living)
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