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In other poems, Corgan intones, "the poetry of my sorrow is written in these words" or "I am your eternal love", or he'll exclaim "Oh how we used to laugh! He'll use poetic words like "vainglorious," "supine," and "bespeak". He makes revolutionary, virtuoso-like decisions, such as the half-page spillage-paragraph of words which he calls "a bunch of words. Some of this might fly as lyrics for music, be it tribal drone-lulls or wicked thunder-sludge.

And let me say here that I still find Corgan to be one of the more innovative and informed guitarists and vocalists of the 90's, a pretty gutsy and gorgeous hybrid of Black Sabbath and the Bee Gees. Further, I can appreciate his work as a song-lyricist, as he's always been one to dive into some seriously emotional and psychological territory, like a slightly elusive confessional poet.

As lyric poems , however, without the support of a band, it's just totally high school, totally amateur, totally naive, and not in the good way. And that's how most attempted music-poetry crossovers go: uglily. Reed continues to push boundaries and dig into depths when it comes to rock lyrics, and like Whitman or any other poet that amasses such a body of work, he's up and down, but he remains a considered, compelling crafter of speakers within the structure of a song. I've loved him as a rock poet for half my life, but his book of lyrics, Between Thought and Expression is little more than a souvenir.

There are some fantastic moments in these guys' poems, but that's about all. The only musician I can read is David Berman of Silver Jews perhaps it helps that I know nothing of his music , who has a book called Actual Air which does much more than survive the pressure of the page -- by and large, that book makes me feel like I'm on a playground that counts.

To be fair to Corgan, he does have his share of moments here, as he's especially good with questions that seem to bubble up: "what do they protect if not the past?

Your ancestors, when hollowed out by hungers Climbed over oceans to get here They figured you might need to know someday That nothing changes but the rules of man against God. I almost wish I'd written that, but I definitely wish there were more such authority, more controlled power, like the best of Corgan's music, but the book reads like a journal: pretty uncrafted, pretty splattered, and pretty desolate in terms of artistic worth.

This kind of rawness, if you will, seems to be Corgan's thing lately. His website, www. Rambling and chatty, they kind of just make Corgan look more and more like a freak, but one shouldn't overlook the rarity of an icon regularly posting very personal and honest messages to whoever with a computer wants to read. Still, this book rides on the curiosity factor, the same thing that makes people buy books of poetry from Jewel or Tupac, unoriginal books that thousands of us could write.

This isn't to denounce writers having something in common with readers, or to value seasoned writers over the green ones, but my patience grows thin when a famous musician gets published by a major press, in hardcover no less, while I know at least a dozen unknown poets who are an eternity more informed and creative.

Sure, this book might be art, it might be all up to the individual poet's inspiration-perception and whatnot, but it's careless and unimaginative. Corgan's music has never struck me as slack, but these poems do. Let's see how that novel goes. Cordelia Strube's 11th novel, Misconduct of the Heart , depicts trauma survivors in a form that's compelling but difficult to digest. On his first solo album in 30 years, he urges us all to take our foot off the gas pedal.

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In other poems, Corgan intones, "the poetry of my sorrow is written in these words" or "I am your eternal love", or he'll exclaim "Oh how we used to laugh! He'll use poetic words like "vainglorious," "supine," and "bespeak". He makes revolutionary, virtuoso-like decisions, such as the half-page spillage-paragraph of words which he calls "a bunch of words. Some of this might fly as lyrics for music, be it tribal drone-lulls or wicked thunder-sludge.

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Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date. For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. Javascript is not enabled in your browser. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser. Long admired for his evocative songwriting, Corgan embarks on a deeper exploration of literary terrain as a poet. Full of "the regretful melancholy of his music [and] the rhythmic, angular wordplay of his best Pumpkins lyrics" Jeff Vrabel, Chicago Sun-Times , the poems in this collection form an imagistic journey through the intensely personal as Corgan throws into sharp relief issues of love, loss, identity, and loyalty.

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Blinking with Fists: Poems by Billy Corgan

The progress and writing of the poems was covered in Corgan's blogs. The Volume of 57 poems was published by Faber and Faber in and received mixed reviews. Dwight Garner critic of The New York Times wrote that "at its best, Blinking With Fists is vivid and angular and not much worse than many first books of poems that arrive with heady praise from the poetry world's burghers. The jacket of the book was designed by Charlotte Strick and the artwork and author photograph are by Yelena Yemchuk , who was involved with artwork for The Smashing Pumpkins. Interior design is by Gretchen Achilles.

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