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Carroll, Jim.

Jim Carroll poems


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F755

Creator: Carroll, Jim.

Title: Jim Carroll poems

Inclusive Dates: 1969–1970

Extent: 10 items

Abstract: Ten poems by New York poet and musician Jim Carroll.

Language: Materials entirely in English.


MSS 099, F755, Jim Carroll poems, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Shelved in SPEC MSS 099


Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL:


Purchase, August 2005.


Processed by Karalee Kopreski, October 2005. Encoded by Anita Wellner, December 2007.

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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Biographical Note

Poet, writer, musician, and actor Jim Carroll was born August 1, 1950, in New York City. By the time he was eighteen years old, Carroll had established a reputation as an emerging poet. Most of his writing is autobiographical, describing life in New York, friends, and his ten-year heroin addiction. Carroll’s poetry collections include Organic Trains (1967), Four Ups and One Down (1970), Living at the Movies (1973), and The Book of Nods (1986). His nonfiction includes The Basketball Diaries (1978), which was adapted for film in 1995, and Forced Entries: the Downtown Diaries, 1971–73 (1987). In addition, he released four records with The Jim Carroll Band and several spoken-word recordings.


"Jim Carroll." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). (accessed October 2005).

Scope and Content Note

The Jim Carroll Collection includes ten typescript poems signed by the author. Although the poems are undated, they were included in Angel Hair magazine, which was edited by Lewis Warsh, from 1966–1969. The group includes five poems that were anthologized in Living at the Movies, including "For the Secret Poets in Kansas," about William Burroughs, and "Poem (for Clarice Rivers)" which appeared in Rolling Stone.

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Topical Terms
American poetry--History--20th century--Sources.
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Detailed Contents List

"Cold Faces", circa 1969–1970   [Box 49 F755]

"The Answer", circa 1969–1970   [Box 49 F755]

"Words From Babylon", circa 1969–1970   [Box 49 F755]

"To the Secret Poets of Kansas", circa 1969–1970   [Box 49 F755]

"Chop Chop", circa 1969–1970   [Box 49 F755]

"Poem for Clarice Rivers", circa 1969–1970   [Box 49 F755]

"Withdrawal Letter", circa 1969–1970   [Box 49 F755]

"French Poem", circa 1969–1970   [Box 49 F755]

"Leaving N.Y.C.", circa 1969–1970   [Box 49 F755]

"Torn Canvas", circa 1969–1970   [Box 49 F755]