The Bob Dylan-as-poet discussion continues in the New York Times Book Review this weekend, as Jonathan Lethem reviews Christopher Ricks’ Dylan’s Visions of Sin, saying he read the book “with escalating ease and pleasure.” Meanwhile, Lucinda Williams doesn’t give a rat’s ass whether Dylan is a poet or not:
Are you a poet or a songwriter? Who cares? You let your Minnesota, nonsinging, howling, raspy voice push the lyrics. Your guitar and harmonica and those sweet beautiful melodies hold them and give them a home.