?Unreleased Lou Reed Poems Collected in 'Do Angels Need Haircuts?' Book

?Unreleased Lou Reed Poems Collected in 'Do Angels Need Haircuts?' Book

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?Unreleased Lou Reed Poems Collected in 'Do Angels Need Haircuts?' Book

A series unreleased poems by Lou Reed have been collected for a new book called Do Angels Need Haircuts? It’s due out this April Anthology Editions.

The poems were penned by a 28-year-old Reed after he quit the Velvet Underground and moved to Long Island in August 1970.

In addition to the poetry, the upcoming release also features photographs and ephemera from the era, including previously unreleased audio recordings from a reading at St. Mark’s Church in 1971.

The book also includes a foreword written by poet Anne Waldman and an afterword by Reed’s wife and artistic collaborator Laurie Anderson.

Get a sample the upcoming collection by reading the text “We Are the People” below. You can also stream a reading the same poem down below .

We Are the People:

We are the people without land. We are the people without tradition. We are the people who do not know how to die peacefully and at ease. We are the thoughts sorrows. Endings tomorrows. We are the wisps rulers and the jokers kings.

We are the people without right. We are the people who have known only lies and desperation. We are the people without a country, a voice or a mirror. We are the crystal gaze returned through the density and immensity a berserk nation. We are the victims the untold manifesto the lack depth full and heavy emptiness.

We are the people without sorrow who have moved beyond national pride and indifference to a parody instinct. We are the people who are desperate beyond emotion because it defies thought. We are the people who conceive our destruction and carry it out lawfully. We are the insects someone else’s thought. A casualty daytime, nighttime, space and god without race, nationality or religion. We are the people. The people. The people.