POETRY BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS:


Note: Due to copyright restrictions, only selected portions of Jim Morrison's published poetry books are available for viewing in this section.

THE LORDS

NOTES ON VISION

In 1969, Jim Morrison published his first poetical anthology, 'The Lords - Notes On Vision' in a folder-type format that held 82 unnumbered and unbound pages that could be rearranged in any order by the reader. As a private release, only 100 copies were printed and given out one at a time by Jim himself. By 1970, the written works had blended with another private publication known as 'The New Creatures' and adapted into the better known 'The Lords & The New Creatures' published by Simon & Schuster. Original copies of The Lords featured three poems not included in the 1970 Simon & Schuster book. A special thanks to BallroomDays67 for providing the 3 missing poems from this rare original edition to the MildEquator site!


The Lords - Notes On Vision

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THE NEW CREATURES


The New Creatures

Contributed By: T.E. Breitenbach

Size: 8.55" x 5.65"

Published in early 1969, Jim Morrison's second private poetry compilation 'The New Creatures' is printed in another limited run of 100 copies and was usually distributed by Jim Morrison himself. Featuring 42 poems, this release will later be combined with 'The Lords - Notes On Vision' in 1970 for Simon & Schuster's 'The Lords & The New Creatures'. A special thanks to T.E. Breitenbach for contributing this cover scan to MildEquator.com!

Note: At present date, we are unable to feature the contents of this release.














US MAGAZINE - FIRST ISSUE - JUNE 1969


US Magazine - June 1969

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This is the first issue of 'US Magazine' (June 1969), featuring five poems selected by Jim Morrison that were previously included in his publication 'The New Creatures'. Robert R. Crumb provides cover artwork for this inaugural issue, and the magazine features contributions from various other counterparts of the 1960's. Jim Morrison was said to be flattered by his inclusion in this magazine.

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ODE TO L.A. WHILE THINKING OF BRIAN JONES, DECEASED


Ode To L.A. While Thinking of Brian Jones, Deceased

Contributed By: Rainer Moddemann

Size: 9.44" x 6.10"

These pamphlets were privately printed by Jim Morrison and distributed amongst the audience at the Aquarius Theater on July 25th, 1969. Brian Jones was deceased on July 3rd. Many of these original printings were left behind or tossed in the trash after The Doors performances and only a small number exist today.

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THE LORDS & THE NEW CREATURES - 1970 ADVERTISEMENTS



   
Info: On April 7th 1970, publisher Simon & Schuster releases Jim Morrison's first mainstream poetry book 'The Lords & The New Creatures'. This compilation is a blend of Jim's previous private works 'The Lords - Notes On Vision' and 'The New Creatures'. First printed as a hardcover, the book makes a softcover debut in 1971. These original advertisements were printed in various newspaper and magazines to promote the release. In an interview with Salli Stevenson in October 1970, Jim Morrison notes that poetry books don't always do so well on the market, however due to the lack of sales at the time, the original hardcover editions are now hard to come by, selling for hundreds to those collectors who seek them. Modern versions of Jim's original 'The Lords & The New Creatures' are still in print today.


The Lords & The New Creatures
Notes: Print Ad.


The Lords & The New Creatures
Notes: New York Magazine - May 25th, 1970.

AN AMERICAN PRAYER


An American Prayer

Contributed By: T.E. Breitenbach

Size: 4.87" x 4.15"

In mid-1970, Jim Morrison prints his third private compilation known as 'An American Prayer', and can be heard reading this finished work in a 1970 studio recording of his own spoken poetry. Numbering 500 copies, the book contains 5 poems printed over 16 pages and were in many cases signed by Jim. This copy was mailed to T.E. Breitenbach during a time period where Jim was seeking artwork for his upcoming poetry album.

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Do you know the warm progress
                            under the stars?
Do you know we exist?
Have you forgotten the keys
        to the Kingdom?
Have you been borne yet?
                          & are you alive?


Let's reinvent the gods, all the myths
                                        of the ages
Celebrate symbols from deep elder forests
[Have you forgotten the lessons
                                 of the acient war]


We need great golden copulations


The fathers are crackling in the trees of the forest
Our mother is dead in the sea


Do you know we are being led to
      slaughters by placid admirals
& that fat slow generals are getting
      obscene on young blood

(Copyright © 1970 James Douglas Morrison)

PARIS JOURNAL #1


Jim Morrison - Paris Journal

Contributed By: RecordMecca

While in Paris in 1971, Jim Morrison continued to write poetry, and more than one of those notebooks have survived. This journal in particular appears to be a finished draft, and was originally included with the contents of the 127 Fascination Box. Most recently, it was made available for purchase to collectors by memorabilia dealer and contributor to the site, Jeff Gold of RecordMecca.com

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THE MT. ALVERNO REVIEW


The Mt. Alverno Review

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Possibly published while Jim Morrison was still alive and living in Paris, this small poetry booklet titled The Mt. Alverno Review was put together by Michael C. Ford and includes an original poem selected from Jim's mainstream publication The Lords & The New Creatures. The booklet contains 11 other works, including a poem by Charles Bukowski and Michael C. Ford himself. This original publication is owned by MildEquator.com.


POEM:

Jackall, we sniff after the survivors of caravans
We reap bloody crops on war fields
No meat of any corpse deprives our lean bellies
Hunger drives us on scented wings
Stranger, traveller,
peer into our eyes & translate
the horrible barking of ancient dogs

Copyright © 1969 Jim Morrison.


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