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Jim Carroll

Posted by:Richard Hell (‘rhell@richardhell.com’)
Posted on: 19 Sep 2009
Someday someone will write a study comparing the meaning of what specific artists really "are" and have done with what those specific artists manage to invent as their stories for "history." It's interesting. Which of the two realities is more real? Probably the legend. Jim Carroll was one of the most egregious manipulators of his own history ever. But he had a right to make himself up making himself up. He lived on that plane of the transcendent. He was always an artist. His real readership was, his real relationship was with, eternity, and eternity admires the moves at their most encompassing. It knows that everything is true (and nothing is permitted). It doesn't get indignant. Alone with eternity, Jim is one of the most true and beautiful writers ever.

[That's what I'm going to say about Jim Carroll for the moment. I hope it doesn't come off too shady. I want to write something because I can't stop being affected by his death. My feelings about him are conflicted and I'm not up to really sorting that out now. But his death truly feels painful, and I've always known that as a poet he was the real thing, perfectly beautiful.]

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         Jim Carroll RIP by SD, 13 Sep 2009 (9)
                 obit by SD, 13 Sep 2009
                         bad news indeed. by Hannah, 16 Sep 2009
                                 Grey Geese by Slimedog, 17 Sep 2009
                 Jim Carroll by Richard Hell, 19 Sep 2009
                         whoa by Hannah, 19 Sep 2009
                         jim by antoine, 20 Sep 2009
                         real real gone by andrew hardin, 22 Sep 2009
                         regards by david, 27 Sep 2009
                         JIMs Funeral by Pablo Lopez, 28 Sep 2009

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