Reading, launch party for new book by poet Justin Booth Dec. 1 at Vino's | Rock Candy

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Reading, launch party for new book by poet Justin Booth Dec. 1 at Vino's

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 10:31 AM

click to enlarge BOOTH
  • BOOTH

We've written from time to time about Justin Booth, a formerly-homeless poet who lived on the streets of Little Rock for five years after descending into a hell of drug addiction. Booth's poetry, as is the case with the artwork of many haunted souls, simply knocks my socks off, his work full of gritty, graceful takes on the back alley lives of the secret Little Rock where hookers stroll, the damned score dope and tattoo machines buzz. Always reminding one of his hero Charles Bukowski, Booth's an important poet, in my estimation, if for no other reason than the fact that he speaks in an Arkansas drawl about the place most Southern writers never get around to mentioning: the streets of the urban South.

Booth will be the guest of honor at a launch party for his all-new collection, "Trailer Park Troubadour," at Vino's Brewpub on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Booth will read selections from the book that night, and will have copies on hand for purchase. Vino's is located at 923 W. 7th St. in Little Rock.

Just to whet your appetite, here's a poem from Booth's first chapbook, "Hookers, Ex-Wives and Other Lovers." Enjoy.


OLD AGE IS CARRION

Should have died young
like James Dean,
or Jesus.
The coolest ones
die for the masses

sacrifice self for mob love,
O.D. watching
co-dependent, white pantied
cuties wrestle in the Jungle Room.
The shock value
of teen rebellion
followed by a lifetime of
anti-establishment; fistfights, and felonies,
fashionable leather jackets,
black T's, flashfire love affairs,
girls barely legal,
women shockingly mature,
tattoos and
avant-garde attitudes
on art, and literature, and fornication.

Wasted.
Should have died in a motorbike wreck.
Martyred Hepcat
like Jesus
or Elvis.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by David Koon

  • Tough mothers, demanding action

    Interest in the gun violence prevention group Moms Demand Action has exploded since the massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High in Florida. Leaders here say they're in the battle for 'gun sense' until the job is done.
    • Apr 5, 2018
  • The Griffin

    El Dorado's new restaurant showplace is worth the drive.
    • Mar 15, 2018
  • 2018 spring film preview

    Roll 'em.
    • Mar 1, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Coming Monday: Little Rock Black Restaurant Week

    MoTown Monday is Ceci's Chicken and Waffles. Tasty Tuesday is Sims BBQ and Brewster's Soul Food Cafe. Wing Wednesday is Chicken King and Chicken Wangs. Soul Food Thursday is Lindsey's BBQ and Hospitality House and Food Truck Festival Friday is @station801. It's the first Black Restaurant Week.
    • Mar 8, 2017
  • New music from Isaac Alexander

    New music from Isaac Alexander.
    • Jul 14, 2017
  • No Small Talk Ep. 8: Katy Henriksen, Springs Arts preview

    A packed episode this week of "No Small Talk": a chat with Katy Henriksen, from Of Note on KUAF; Stephanie Smittle breaks down the Spring Arts issue; and we finish up with just a tiny bit of Oscar chatter.
    • Mar 9, 2018

People who saved…

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation