Rest in Peace, Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll died on Friday, at sixty from a heart attack. When I was in my early 20s, a friend’s girlfriend loaned me The Basketball Diaries and Forced Entries and I realized Carroll was way more than a song I loved when I was in high school.

Intensely personal, unflinching poetry and prose – Carroll wrote about growing up, about addiction, about fame and loss.

Rest in Peace, Jim.

Which starts out as a kiss
And follows like a curse

2 comments to “Rest in Peace, Jim Carroll”

  1. Nancy
    September 14th, 2009 at 8:19 am · Link

    How sad! I remember that movie. 🙁

  2. Will Belegon
    September 14th, 2009 at 9:03 am · Link

    An inspiration to me, as well as a warning in some ways. One of the few poets of the modern age I seriously focused on…although it was his music that led me to his other work. He did a performance guest spot in a movie called Tuff Turf that I saw and from there I bought all his albums and then his books. I even have The Basketball Diaries on Books On Tape, read by the author.