Monday, April 20, 2015
Nick Cave, My Muse, Has New Book Out
"The Sick Bag Song" by Nick Cave. Unique, shimmering, simmering poetry/prose as light as a moonless night & dark as the sun at noon. Soul food for the poetheart & relief for the pain of living.
Excerpt from the chapter, "Nashville":
“A young boy climbs a riverbank. He steps onto a railway bridge. He is twelve years old.
He kneels down, under a harsh sun, and puts his ear to the track. The track does not vibrate. There is no train approaching around the bend on the other side of the river.
The boy starts to run along the tracks. He arrives in the middle of the bridge. He stands on the edge and looks down at the muddy river below.
On the left side is a concrete pylon that supports the bridge. On the right, a half-felled tree lies across the river, its branches sticking out into the dark water. In between there is a small space about four feet wide.
He has been told that it is possible to jump in at this point, but he cannot be sure, as he has never seen anybody do it.
The stones beneath his feet begin to tremble. He crouches down and again he puts his ear to the track.
The track begins to vibrate. The train is coming.
He stares down at the dark, muddy water, his heart pounding.”
“The boy does not realise that he is not a boy at all, but rather the memory of a boy.
He is the memory of a boy running through the mind of a man in a suite at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, who is being injected in the thigh with a steroid shot that will transform the jet-lagged, flu-ridden singer into a deity.
In three hours he will burst from the hotel room. He will move through the empty city, crossing vast rivers, driving through empty prairies, along tremendous, multi-laned highways, under darkening skies, like a small god, to be with you, tonight.”
Excerpt From: Nick Cave's excellent new book, "The Sick Bag Song". Canongate Books Ltd. iBooks.