Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Jan 9, 2012 10:43:08 GMT
jim and i: Jim Morrison & Other Friends by Michael Lawrence
jim and i is a contemporary tale, a poetic journey describing the early development of the artist Michael Lawrence and the impact of growing up in both the States and Europe. Jim Morrison of the Doors is Michael’s companion and alter ego. In a whimsical fashion they seek and take comfort from each other’s points of view.
Creating a dream-like quality of shifting moods, Lawrence describes the struggles that he and Morrison had to find their identities before either of them came to the notice of the public at large. They found mutual support in their stand against the indifference of an environment overshadowed by war. The world of art came to their rescue.
The reader travels through a series of theatrical vignettes—the Bohemian foundation of the innocence, vitality and raw energy that is so evident in Lawrence’s work today: Toy soldiers in Madrid, abortive meetings with Dali, Punch and Judy at Piazza Navona, performing for John Huston, drawing Judy Garland, etching in Paris, excursions to Afghanistan and Morocco, sexual encounters and flirtations of one sort or another in Barcelona, vividly creates a theatre in which art becomes the hero.
“You have poems inside your head and you have learned to explode them with firecracker tubes of paint.” Ray Bradbury
“I like your handwriting!” Andy Warhol
“The guys from your UCLA days sent me your way, claiming your memories and stories of Jim are among the most important.” Jerry Hopkins (Co-author of No One Here Gets Out Alive)