I learned of Lindsey Martin-Bowen’s poetry collection, "Crossing Kansas with Jim Morrison," on a Facebook page for Global Writers and Poets.
Serendipitously, I am a Doors devotee and was thrilled to get my copy featuring a revivified Jim. Apparently, she and I had both fallen in love with him after viewing Oliver Stone’s movie, “The Doors.” In his film, Stone had superimposed an image of the god Dionysus over Morrison’s face. Likewise, in the preface to No One Here Gets Out Alive, Doors aide Danny Sugarman had termed his boss a “modern-day god.” Drummer John Densmore described Doors’ concerts as “rituals” in Riders on the Storm.
Martin-Bowen takes a different approach in her collection. Similarly smitten with Jim, she reincarnates his spirit out of her car radio and trips through the Kansas landscape seeking La Loba, a mythic native woman with the power to reanimate lives from their bones. Just as Jim was convinced of the Dionysian power of music to revive myth, Martin-Bowen’s poetry revives the Lizard King Jim. She knows all too well about his belief in a shamanic mission, set in place when he saw, in his own poetic words: “Indians scattered on dawn’s highway bleeding Ghosts crowd the young child’s fragile eggshell mind.”
As Morrison sang about Breaking on through to the Other Side, Martin-Bowen brings him back to life, her own poems breaking on through on a daily basis for a Facebook group she had joined in 2015. I would call this steady stream of creativity from the other side a tapping into right-hemispheric, poetic consciousness (see my "In Their Right Minds: The Lives and Shared Practices of Poetic Geniuses). Her poetry breaks on through “stoned, immaculate” as Morrison’s words resonate with her own sights, sounds, tastes and smells, a full panoply of sensation. You’ve come along for the ride of your life and you won’t want it to end. Music, literary discussions, quantum physics, and Ezekiel’s valley of the bones also sneak on through. With a world of depth in one slim volume, you will close the book with “Shaman voices reverberating in [y]our brains” and you’ll clamor for more.
- Paperback: 82 pages
- Publisher: Paladin Contemporaries (22 May 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1881048098
- ISBN-13: 978-1881048091
- Product Dimensions:: 15.2 x 0.5 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 177 g
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