Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The New Yorker publishes two poems by Bob Dylan

The New Yorker published two recently discovered poems by Bob Dylan. They were written in the 1960's as a collaboration with the photographer Barry Feinstein. They appear in the September 22, 2008 print edition of the New Yorker, accompanied by a single photograph.

Of the two poems, it should come as no surprise that Dylan's use of imagery is good, but he doesn't blend the images together very well. The poem, "21," falls short in terms of yielding a final sensory image or emotional impression for the reader. In the poem, "17," the narrative is overly jagged, a sort of drug or alcohol-like induced paranoia and resultant non sequiturs, reminiscent of some of the beat literature. It goes nowhere. Don't quit your day job, Bob!


by Bob Dylan



by Bob Dylan


For background on the discovery of the entire set of poems, see The New York Times article, " Dylan’s Poetic Pause in Hollywood on the Way to Folk Music Fame," by Julie Bosman, Aug. 15, 2008:



Blogger Paco Bailac said...

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