The Lords Notes on Visions—Jim Morrison

The Lords Notes on Visions   Jim Morrison (Selection Review)

The Lords and The New Creatures

I’ve always had an appreciation of poetry, but I didn’t read it outside of the school curriculum. Morrison’s book of poems, The Lords and The New Creatures,  was the first book of poetry that I read and recited.

I knew Jim Morrison was the lead singer for the Doors, but I didn’t know he had poetry published.

In 1987 I was listening to everything from Pop to Reggae and Rap to Classic Rock. However, I was always intrigued with the Doors. Aptly put, it was the lyrics and Morrison’s enigmatic persona, completely different.

The Lords Notes on Visions is a free verse collection of poems based on the art and method of cinema. From the synopsis on the back of the book, Morrison describes his self-published volume as “a thesis on film aesthetics.”

The following are some of Morrison’s poems:

Urge to come to terms with the “Outside,” by absorbing, interiorizing it. I won’t come out, you must come in to me. Into my womb-garden where I peer out. Where I can construct a universe within the skull, to rival the real.

Film confers a kind of spurious eternity

The eye looks vulgar   Inside its ugly shell. Come out in the open In all of your Brilliance.

In the womb we are all blind cave fish.

When play dies it becomes the Game. When sex dies it becomes Climax.

The Lords Notes on Visions is a montage of people at play; sex at play. Imagery and the reel of imagination are versed in meticulous words.

Morrison is the director with his free verse; we watch his words in the labyrinth arrangement of seats in a theater. Jim Morrison is the alchemist for spectacle and spectator.

The Lords and The New Creatures – Jim Morrison, Published 1971

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