Congratulations, Bob Dylan, on the Nobel Prize in Literature!

Congratulations to the troubadour of the 20th Century on the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature today! His selection is a clarion call to all poets to remember that their art’s tradition is an oral one — dating back before the printing press was even invented. They need not limit themselves to print and what editors and the publishing world do — or decide not to do — with their work but instead, readily and full-throated, sing their songs from the rooftops like a ‘chanticleer in the morning!’ I would never argue that Dylan’s vocals are especially pleasant, but his use of words has impressed me for some time. His work changed many people’s views of important issues in the world in the last century, and I think he deserves this global recognition. Here, a song for which just the title alone is one of my favorites.

“Tangled up in Blue,” Bob Dylan


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