Won the National Book Award for poetry in 2011. On writing "Head Off & Split:" "And so it was like an accumulation of many years and many steps. Someone asked me, after the acceptance speech: When did you write that? And I said, I've been writing that speech my whole life: a word here, a phrase there, a history lesson there, all of it is an accumulation of a life lived, I think." What a wonderful title! Can't wait to get my hands on this book. Who doesn't need another book of poetry?
Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most people's reality. Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the Rat Race' is far from assured. - Hunter S. Thompson