“When You’re Strange,” an essay re-re-considering Doors singer Jim Morrison as a “real poet,” was published a couple days ago over at The Poetry Foundation website. It’s been republished over at Huffington Post’s Books section as well.
It’s a fairly long consideration, not so much of Morrison’s poetry or even lyrics, but how literary reputations are made and maintained, as well as how we deal with artists who inspire us when we are young and perhaps outgrow. I have grown fascinated by how many of us are embarrassed by some of the art we loved when we were young–as well, as for that matter, those who never outgrew it. Anyway, I have gone through very intense Doors and Jim Morrison periods and wanted to see how others feel about the band and the singer. It was a blast to write, and I have lots of leftovers that might find its way into something else or if this thing find its way into a b-b-b-b-book. Maybe someday.
Images above drawn from research: Morrison books mostly.