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Jim Carroll, the poet and punk rocker who wrote "The Basketball Diaries," passed away Friday at the age of 60. He died from a heart attack at his home in Manhattan, his ex-wife Rosemary Carroll told the New York Times.
Carroll published several poetry collections, and his 1980 rock album, "Catholic Boy," has been hailed as a landmark punk record. He became well-known for its breakout songs, "People Who Died."
But it was "The Basketball Diaries," his autobiographical tale of life as a sports star at Trinity, an elite private high school in Manhattan, that brought him his widest audience.
The book, which began as a journal, was first published in 1978 and chronicled Carroll's a chaotic life that combined sports, drugs and poetry. It became popular, particularly on college campuses, when it was issued as a mass-market paperback two years later. A 1995 movie version starred Leonardo DiCaprio.
New York Times critic Stephen Holden described Carroll in 1982 as "not so much a singer as an incantatory rock-and-roll poet."
Later today, Jeffrey Brown talks to singer and poet Patti Smith about the life of her friend, Jim Carroll. Our weekly poem is Carroll's "Heroin," which originally appeared in the Paris Review, Issue 48, Fall 1969. The audio was recorded in 2001 and made available by Salon.com.
Sat for three days in a white room
Over there is a door knocking
And here I beg to another to possess somehow
so beside me
Its chalky light
like the sound of a watch
which is here...now.
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