I'm not actually nominating anyone; I was trying to question the whole idea
but it got taken as a nomination I guess. I don't think such claims can be
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From: "D.Gregory Griffith" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Poet's competition?! With a Tad of Irony
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If we're nominating candidates for the "greatest poet of the 20th
century," I'd like to champion Jimi Hendrix. He wrote some wonderful
lyrics; I offer some examples, from some songs that receive less air play:
Look at the sky turn a hell-fire red.
somebody's house is burning
down, down, down, down.
Well, someone stepped from the crowd,
He was nineteen miles high,
He shouts "We're tired and disgusted,
so we paint red through the sky."
I say "The truth is straight ahead,
so don't burn yourselves instead.
Tryin' to learn instead of burn,
hear what I say."
("House Burning Down" _Electric Ladyland_)
or how about these:
My arrows are made of desires
from far away as Jupiter sulfur mines.
I say my arrows are made of desires,
desires from far away as Jupiter sulfur mines
(Way down by the methane sea).
I have a humming bird that hums so loud,
you'd think you were losing your mind.
"Cause I'm a Voodoo Chile,
Lord knows I'm A Voodoo Chile.
(Voodoo Chile, _Electric Ladyland_)
In addition to some great lyrics, Hendrix took some wood, six pieces of
steel wire, a few electrical components and made them speak (literally)!
How many poets have made dumb wood talk--only one I know of (may the muses
bless Black Orpheus, the real "Man on the Blue Guitar").
And what came forth from that guitar....truly the "stuff of myth" my