Jim Carroll - poet, memoirist (The Basketball Diaries, 1978), singer: August 1, 1949 - 2009…
Jim Carroll: Valentine
to be bound
or elaborate expressions.
snakes through our lives
so that it can be
This poem, published as “Valentine” in Void of Course (p. 99), was first published in 1996 in a limited edition “collection” called Valentine. The image shown here is a scan of the poem as it was published, on a 2-3/8” x 8-1/2” strip of blue paper.
This poem is constructed from words and phrases in the letter the publisher sent to him inviting him to submit a poem, as shown in a scan of the actual letter with Carroll’s instructions written on it.