Excerpt from “The Lords and the New Creatures” by Jim Morrison


Jim Morrison died 43 years ago, but people are still curious about his death. Recently, Marianne Faithfull revealed that her former boyfriend, Jean de Breteuil, provided Morrison with the fatal dose of heroin. Click here to read the article.

Anyway, the news made me think about Jim and the Doors, so I located my copy of The Lords and the New Creatures and skimmed through it. The following excerpt caught my attention.

Cinema returns us to anima, religion of matter,
which gives each thing its special divinity and
sees gods in all things and beings.

Cinema, heir of alchemy, last of an erotic science.

Film is certainly an alchemical art. It combines visual imagery, written word, music and sound. Because film communicates both visually and audibly, it is the art form which provides the ideal escape, allowing us to immerse ourselves and temporarily lose our connection with the real world. It is when we lose that connection that we open ourselves to the divine essence within, or the anima. That moment when we connect with our divine essence is similar to sexual ecstasy.

While I concede that much of Morrison’s poetry could be classified as the scattered thoughts of a drunken individual, there are some moments of brilliance, as demonstrated by this passage. His poems also provide us insight into the workings of a creative genius who left us too soon.



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2 responses to “Excerpt from “The Lords and the New Creatures” by Jim Morrison

  1. “Scattered thoughts of a drunken individual” – if you had said that while I was in high school, you would have been in trouble with me 😉 but now it just made me laugh. I really like the quote you selected here, though.

    • Ha ha! Well, I would have quickly recited all of “Celebration of the Lizard” from memory and gotten back into your good graces 🙂

      You know, I love the Doors, and I appreciate a lot of Jim’s poetry, but some of what got published I feel was done so for the sake of novelty and to capitalize off his popularity. Part of the creative process is exploring ideas, some of which develop into works of art, and others, well, not so much. Anyway, glad you liked the quote. Talk to you soon!!

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