The Captain's Tower

Phil Bowen
Damian Furniss
David Woolley
Publication Date: 
Monday, May 23, 2011
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Foreword by Ronnie Wood

Bob Dylan turned 75 on May 24 2016. The Captain’s Tower is a birthday present anthology of poems concerned with Dylan’s life, his work, and his cultural impact. One of the most distinguished lyricists of the post-war period, Dylan has entertained and inspired poets, writers generally and millions of ordinary fans with the imagery, wit and technique of his writing, be it in songs of love, protest, faith or pure Dylan-ness.

In this book the poets answer back in a response to Dylan’s creativity, capacity to inspire and his enormous influence on culture and writing. Here are poems by Allen Ginsberg, Lachlan Mackinnon, Glyn Maxwell, Matthew Sweeney, Jeremy Reed, Linda Chase, Linda France, Mark Ford, Roger McGough, Roddy Lumsden, Paul Muldoon, Simon Armitage, Caroline Bird, Peter Finch, Luke Wright.

There is bound to be a huge media response to Dylan’s birthday and this will be part of it – a must for Dylan fans and poetry readers alike.

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Review from Booktime Magazine

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'Ezra Pound and T.S Eliot are fighting in the captain's tower' sang Dylan on Desolation Row. This is a collection of poetry for Dylan on his 70th birthday, concerned with his life, his work and his cultural impact. Many regard Dylan as a poet himself, and he's inspired many other poets, writers and fans with imagery, wit and techniques of his writing. In this book, poets answer back in a response to his creativity. There are poems from Allen Ginsberg, Wendy Cope, Sophie Hannah, Andrew Motion, Owen Sheers, Linda Chase and many others.


Booktime Magazine May 2011 Issue 58

07/06/2011 - 15:15