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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 1:43 pm 
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What do you think of the poetic writings of Jim Morrison? I feel Jim's been underrated and under-appreciated in the world of poetry because his on stage persona overshadowed the word-man he truly was.

If you are unfamiliar with Jim's work, you may go to http://morrison-poet.9k.com for a sampling of his work.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:39 pm 
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Okay, this topic has had 75 hits since I posted it, yet no replies. Doesn't anyone have an opinion to offer--good, bad, or indifferent?

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2005 5:28 pm 
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If the work I viewed on your website were his full poems then I enjoyed them. Very short poems are my "thing". I have never heard of Jim Morrison before. Of course, I am no poet critic. I am no one special at all in the poetry community. I'm just a 15 year old kid who started writing in english class, room 316. But Mr. Morrison captured a little love in a few lines. And I liked reading more and more. Besides, no artist ever became famous until they died...right?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2005 6:27 pm 
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Thanks for your reply.

Jim Morrison is better known as being the lead singer of The Doors than for being a poet. Have you ever listened to them? Their debut self-titled record would be a great place to start. Anyway, he did want to be respected as a poet and not idolized because of his rock image. As could happen to any of us, fame took its toll on him and he died so very young. I'm sure he'd think it cool that a young person like yourself enjoyed his writing and is also getting into writing himself (or is it herself?).

Here are a few other short poems from his book called Wilderness: The Lost Writings of Jim Morrison (published posthumously) and are written just as they are in the book:

Can you dig it.
My meat is real.
My hands--how they move
balanced like lithe demons
My hair--so entwined & writhing
The skin of my face--pinch the cheeks
My flaming sword tongue
spraying verbal fire-flys
I'm real.
I'm human
But I'm no ordinary man
No No No


The grand highway
is
crowded
w/
lovers
&
searchers
&
leavers
so
eager
to
please
&
forget.

Wilderness



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



Like our ancestors
The Indians
We share a fear of sex
excessive lamentation for the dead
& an abiding interest in dreams & visions

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I've always appreciated Jim Morrison. I admit, he is a little unorthodox, but the poems he writes are highly underrated and misinterpreted. I love the serenity and equal mystery in his pieces... Just my two cents :D I have a lot of friends who listen to the Doors, but I've never been a huge fan of anything besides the lyrics.

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The anniversary of Jim Morrison's death is July 3. I hope some of you will have an opportunity to reflect on Jim's work. His poetry is beautiful, albeit unsettling; nonetheless, it shows the word-man Jim was and how his words can effect one deeply. I know his poetry and his songs have had a profound effect on my life. You must allow yourself to get lost in the experience of reading (or listening, as in the case of "An American Prayer") to James Douglas Morrison.

Peace.

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