In Spike Lee's film X, there is a scene adapted from The Autobiography of Malcolm X in which the young protagonist, newly imprisoned, suffering cocaine-withdrawal and still wearing the name Malcolm Little, is urged by an older prisoner to look up the word "black" in a dictionary.
In an earlier post I argued--not altogether convincingly even to myself--that songwriters should not be considered "poets." Basically, I said it is an apples to oranges comparison--each genre's aims and tools are so different as to be nearly unrelated.
Over the last few years I've read a lot of literary theory and will frankly admit that most of it just doesn't make a dent. It comes in, curls up in my brainpan like a very fat, very disagreeable cat and goes to sleep, occasionally waking up to bat around my medulla oblongata like a toy mouse.
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