Poets inspired by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is the subject of a new anthology of poems edited by two retired professors from his home state of Minnesota.

Whittled down to 100 poems from a pool of  500 Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan is a collection honoring Dylan by poets in various stages of their careers. Contributors include Robert Bly; Charles Bukowski; Lawrence Ferlinghetti; Patti Smith and Anne Waldman as well as this lost musing from Johnny Cash that appeared in the liner notes for Dylan’s 1969 album “Nashville Skyline,” and won a Best Album Notes Grammy:

Complete unto itself, full,


So are some souls like stars 

And their words, works and songs 

Like strong, quick flashes of 

light …

There is no end to the cultural influences of this master lyricist and musician. 

Speaking of poets and Bob Dylan, in case you haven’t seen this in a while here is the music video for “Subterranean Homesick Blues” featuring Allen Ginsberg. As the Independent pointed out after he won the Nobel Prize in 2016 Dylan has leaned on poetry more than any other musician.

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‘Visiting Bob’ collects 100 poems from writers inspired by Bob Dylan – Pioneer Press

h/t Dan Share

Of Interest: The Book, A Pop-Up book, Handbook for Tyranny, The Art of Reading, The Illustrated Dust Jacket

The Book: An Homage by Burkhard Spinnen. Illustrations by Line Haven. Translated by Aaron Kerner. Published by David R. Godine, 2018. First American Edition.

A German bibliophile spreads the love including musings on Book Usage (The Loaned Book, The Vanished Book, The Book Left Behind…) on the Book Trade and on The Book Collection

Note: As of this writing the book is less than $3 on Amazon


Zahhak: The Legend Of The Serpent King (A Pop-Up Book).

Published by Fantagraphics, 2017. Art and Design by Hamid Rahmanian. Paper Engineer: Simon Arizpe.

When Robert Sabuda blurbs “This is on of the best pop-up books I’ve seen in a long time” you know it’s going to be a moveable feast.

Winner of the 2018 Meggendorfer Prize for best pop up book.



Handbook of Tyranny by Theo Deutinger. Published by Lars Muller, 2018.

“Every page of this book questions the cruelties embodied in today’s laws, practices and designs”

Data visualization at its best.


The Art of Reading: An Illustrated History of Books in Paint by Jamie Camplin and Maria Ranauro. Published by Getty Publications, 2018. First American edition. 

A beautifully produced survey exploring the relationship between the visual and literary arts over the last five centuries. Featuring over 150 paintings that include books as part of their subject matter.


The Illustrated Dust Jacket:1920-1970 by Martin Salisbury. Published by Thames and Hudson, 2017. 371 illustrations.

Over 50 artists and illustrators represented including Edward Gorey, Rockwell Kent, E. McKnight Kauffer, Vanessa Bell, Milton Glaser and George Salter among others.

Of Interest: Where I’m Reading From, Regrettable Superheroes, The Librarian, Compulsion, naked in the woods

Here’s the latest batch of recently published books that we’ve enjoyed reading here at Book Patrol. 

Tim Parks

Where I’m Reading From: The Changing World of Books

by Tim Parks

The New York Review of Books, 2015.

Why do we need fiction? Why do books need to be printed on paper, copyrighted, read to the finish? Do we read to challenge our vision of the world or to confirm it? Has novel writing turned into a job like any other? In Where I’m Reading From, the novelist and critic Tim Parks ranges over decades of critical reading—from Leopardi, Dickens, and Chekhov, to Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, and Thomas Bernhard, and on to contemporary work by Peter Stamm, Alice Munro, and many others—to upend our assumptions about literature and its purpose.

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League superheros quirk books

The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History 

by Jon Morris

Quirk Books

In The League of Regrettable Superheroes, you’ll meet one hundred of the strangest superheroes ever to see print, complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary. So prepare yourself for such not-ready-for-prime-time heroes as Bee Man (Batman, but with bees), the Clown (circus-themed crimebuster), the Eye (a giant, floating eyeball; just accept it), and many other oddballs and oddities. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The League of Regrettable Superheroes will appeal to die-hard comics fans, casual comics readers, and anyone who enjoys peering into the stranger corners of pop culture.


The LibrarianThe Librarian

by Mikhail Elizarov. Translated from the Russian by Andrew Bromfield.

Pushkin Press, 2015. First English Language Edition.

Gromov is merely a forgotten writer of Soviet propagandist novels but when his books are read strange things begin to happen to the reader.

His books transform believers from senile to lucid, cowardly to brave, weak to strong. Soon, Libraries of readers start to emerge, waging war on one another to seize precious copies of the Books and terrible consequences ensue. Blending depravity, black humour, reality and myth, Elizarov casts a satirical eye over Soviet Russia in this epic masterpiece and winner of the Russian Booker Prize. First published in 2007 .

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by Meyer Levin

Fig Tree Books, 2015. Foreword by Marcia Clark.

A new edition of Meyer Levin’s classic literary thriller Compulsion reintroduces the fictionalized case of Leopold and Loeb – once considered the “crime of the century” – to a new generation. This incisive psychological portrait of two young murderers seized the imagination of an era and is generally recognized as paving the way for the first non-fiction novel. Compulsion forces us to ask what drives some further into darkness, and some to seek redemption.

Think  In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer with a sprinkling of Robert Durst.


naked in the woods

naked in the woods; My Unexpected Years in a Hippie Commune

by Margaret Grundstein.

Oregon State University Press, 2015.

In 1970 Grundstein dropped out of graduate school at Yale and headed to a commune in the backwoods of Oregon. Naked in the Woods chronicles Grundstein’s shift from reluctant hippie to committed utopian—sacrificing phones, electricity, and running water to live on 160 acres of remote forest with nothing but a drafty cabin and each other. Grundstein, (whose husband left, seduced by “freer love”) faced tough choices. Could she make it as a single woman in man’s country? Did she still want to? How committed was she to her new life?

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