Are rock (or country or hip-hop or Tin Pan Alley) lyrics poetry? Are we really going to have this debate again? It's an old one, to be sure, and it comes up as frequently as allergy season and feels twice as unpleasant. It's a persistent little conundrum. In 1972 poetry anthologies pandered to hippie lit majors by including Dylan and Mitchell next to Eliot and Frost, as if such a statement would be intelligible to anyone not convinced of the canon-smashing power of hourly bong hits. Leonard Cohen's lyrics do look cool printed on gatefold album covers, but referring to them as poetry is usually just a way for boho bozos to say "Tutti Frutti" isn't. And of course, Little Richard is the Homer of... More >>>