I've made it half way through this book...twice. Normally I have no problem reading books. Any books. I've read Atlas Shrugged
cover to cover twice. As a younger school child I read through my picture Bible
book at least three times. As a teenager
I made it through the bible, cover to cover (admittedly I skimmed through Kings I
and II and a fair amount of the other historical/genealogical pages of the old testament) twice.
The first time I saw the Morrison poster which reads "An American Poet
" I admittedly scoffed a bit. I feel he was a good lyricist
, an incredible entertainer, and one hell of an artist, but a poet? While the books I've read and the excerpts I've run in to have tried to hail him as a poet I strongly disagree. William Carlos Williams
was a poet. Whitman was a poet. Cummings was a poet. Dickinson, as in Miss Emily
, was a poet. I find it difficult to put Morrison
in this same category. I believe he was one hell of a writer. Even more so I agree he was one hell of an artist. But that doesn't make him a poet.
Holy Shit, I went off on a tangent
. My apologies.
The aforementioned book is an interesting one. At least the half I read was. However, I feel it could have been more accurate if it were to let go some of the glorification of Morrison, and focus more on his true talent, ie. entertainment.