“I cried for you this morning /And I’ll cry for you again/ But I’m not in charge of sorrow / So please don’t ask me when / I know the burden’s heavy / As you bear it through the night / Some people say it’s empty / But that doesn’t mean it’s light.” Lyrics from a poem/song from his new album, Popular Problems.
I’ve read novelist and poet Jim Harrison’s work since he first started publishing. Jim is simply indispensible to a certain kind of male reader. Women look at him with interest and amusement, I think, something that he’s not entirely against. Recently, I did an interview with him on the Asian connection to his poetry. The interview was published in The Kyoto Journal. The interview isn’t online, but you can click on a pdf version in On the Record (to the right of this post). Also, here’s a manuscript page he sent, but the image wasn’t used so I’m posting it also. Click on the page to enlarge it.