Thursday, January 2, 2014
Allen Ginsberg Praises Bob Dylan
One of Allen's sound-bytes from "No Direction Home"
"(There is a) very famous saying among the Tibetan Buddhists, if the student is not better than the teacher then the teacher 's a failure, and I was really knocked out by the eloquence [of Bob Dylan] , particularly, "I'll know my song well before I start singing".."where all souls shall reflect it".. you know, stand on the mountain, where everybody can hear. It's sort of this Biblical prophecy. Poetry is words that are empowered that make your hair stand on end. that you recognize instantly as being some form of subjective truth that has an objective reality to it because somebody's realized it and then you call it poetry later."
More Allen praise of Bob Dylan here