King Lear of the Taxi is a philosophical journey through poetry and prose of a struggling actor who must earn a grueling living as a taxi driver—while striving to attain artistic success. Davidson Garrett’s self-portrait is a glimpse at an ever-changing New York City—where the inflation rate multiplies by the week—and aspiring artists are threatened by an urban society that values real estate over the long-term health of the arts.
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King Lear of the Taxi evolved from a manuscript that was a finalist in the 2000 Gival Press Chapbook competition under the title Taxi Dreams. The book contains both free and formal verse. There is a short story about the poet driving Lauren Bacall and a story about an encounter with Mother Teresa of Calcutta. There are quotes throughout the book from Shakespeare's King Lear.From the Author:
King Lear, a man whose life was in total ruins. Often aspiring actors feel these same feelings of hopelessness and despair as they search for their illusive theatrical kingdoms. I have tried to capture through verse the plight of an actor in a city that is more interested in commerce than art. Yearnings rust and haunt the mind with failed possibilities. The life of a working actor does not always have a happy Hollywood ending. The mind of a taxi driver finds comfort in dreams that float through his head while driving in the chaos of a vainglorious city.
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Book Description Advent Purple Press, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. first edition. 52 pages. 8.25x5.20x0.20 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0977444600
Book Description Advent Purple Press, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110977444600