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What he does is more akin to literature than poetry

Dylan has written some interesting lyrics.

Maybe a line or two qualifies as poetry but most of it is obtuse story telling.

So I will be asked, "what is poetry?" - like pornography you know it when you read it, in this case. With a nod to Justice Potter Stewart ...

I think giving the prize to Dylan shows how fatuous the awards have become.

It is obvious I am not a fan. Dylan is an important music figure but when awards that started out as a vehicle for bringing the best practitioners of a discipline recognition it is disconcerting when they "recognize" someone almost everyone in the world knows and in this case a tenuous relationship to the discipline.

Lou Reed is/was far better as a poet working as a rock lyricist. Still I would cringe if he was given a Nobel Prize.

Another analogy: college radio stations used to play music no one else played - NPR stations used to play orchestral/serious music - now they both try to compete with the commercial stations which is just wrong in my opinionated view. But then, that's diversity! You know the kind of diversity that feels a whole lot like uniformity.


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