Certainly there’s reason to be disappointed that Bob Dylan chose not to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in person, but it should be clear to his many fans that he’s not cut out for that kind of pomp and ceremony. Listen again to “Day of the Locust.” In any event, Dylan’s acceptance speech is a good read. Micah Mattix complained in The Weekly Standard that the speech makes reference to outdated Shakespeare scholarship, but I rather doubt that Dylan reads much literary criticism. It seems to me that Dylan simply wanted to talk about his practical approach to writing songs as a working musician. He sounds a lot like my pal Justin Quinn talking about his own songs, which is a whole lot better than listening to some literary figures talk about their work.
Here’s a poem that I honestly considered overwrought when Rhina brought it to The Powow River Poetry Workshop many months ago, because who then could have believed that Donald Trump’s campaign would ever gain any traction? The poem sounds a lot wiser now. Thanks to Micah Mattix, editor of Prufrock, for sending out this link to “After the Rally” by Rhina Espaillat, originally published in The Hudson Review.
I’m afraid the title of this post sounds like a description of the nightly news, but I am referring to Micah Mattix’s review of A. M. Juster’s new book of poetry, Sleaze & Slander, which deserves the high praise Mattix gives it.