Billy Corgan Featured Poet: Four poems online by Billy Corgan from Blinking With Fists, Around the Maypole, The River Runs Foul, Blinking With Fists (and other. As lyric poems, however, without the support of a band, it’s just totally high school , totally amateur, totally naive, and not in the good way. Blinking with Fists. dum dum dum mmmbbbbbbbbbb!!! hello friends, neighbors, lovers, poets to be, cloaked agents of nothing, and sinners all, .
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In other poems, Corgan intones, “the poetry of my sorrow is written in these words” or “I am your eternal love”, or he’ll exclaim “Oh how we used to laugh! He’ll use poetic words like “vainglorious,” “supine,” and “bespeak”. He makes revolutionary, virtuoso-like decisions, such as the half-page spillage-paragraph of words which he calls “a bunch of words.
There is this wholly original image: There is dizzying wordplay, manic music: Some of this might fly as lyrics for music, be it tribal drone-lulls or wicked thunder-sludge. And let me say here that I still find Corgan to be one of the more innovative and informed guitarists and vocalists of the 90’s, a pretty gutsy and gorgeous hybrid of Black Sabbath and the Bee Gees.
Further, I can appreciate his work as a song-lyricist, as he’s always been one to dive into some seriously emotional and psychological territory, like a slightly elusive confessional poet. As lyric poemshowever, without the support of a band, it’s just totally high school, totally amateur, totally naive, and not in the good way.
And that’s how most attempted music-poetry crossovers go: Reed continues to push boundaries and dig into depths when it comes to rock lyrics, and like Whitman or any other poet that amasses such a body of work, he’s up and down, but he remains a considered, compelling crafter of speakers within the structure of a song. I’ve loved him as a rock poet for half my life, but his book of lyrics, Between Thought and Expression is little more than a souvenir.
There are some fantastic moments in these guys’ poems, but that’s about all.
The only musician I can read is David Berman of Silver Jews perhaps it helps that I know nothing of his musicwho has a book called Actual Air which does much more than survive the pressure of the page — by and large, that book makes me feel like I’m on a playground that counts. To be fair to Corgan, he does have his share of moments here, as he’s especially good with questions that seem to bubble up: Your ancestors, when hollowed out by hungers Climbed over oceans to get here They figured you might need to know someday That nothing changes but the rules of man against God.
I almost wish I’d written that, but I definitely wish there were more such authority, more controlled power, like the best of Corgan’s music, but the book reads like a journal: This kind of rawness, if you will, seems to be Corgan’s thing lately.
Rambling and chatty, they kind of just make Corgan look more and more like a freak, but one shouldn’t overlook the rarity of an icon regularly posting very personal and honest messages to whoever with a computer wants to read. Still, this book rides on the curiosity factor, the same thing that makes people buy books of poetry from Jewel or Tupac, unoriginal books that thousands of us could write.
This isn’t to bllnking writers having something in common with readers, or to value seasoned writers over the green ones, but my patience grows corggan when a famous musician gets published by a major press, in hardcover no less, while I know at least a dozen unknown poets who are an eternity more informed and creative. Sure, this book might be art, it might be all up to the individual poet’s inspiration-perception and whatnot, but it’s careless and unimaginative.
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Corgan’s music has never struck me as slack, but these poems do. Let’s see how that novel goes.
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