[lit-ideas] Re: Anisotropic Time: It was 47 Years Ago Almost Today

  • From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 01 Sep 2012 13:55:21 -0700

Donal wrote, in part

That last line is from Desolation Row which begins:-

They're selling postcards of the hanging
They're painting the passports brown
The beauty parlor's filled with sailors
The circus is in town

Whether this is poetry or not, it is better use of language than the
vast majority of poetry: to those who feel it is sixth-form poetasting
and clumsy surrealism, they should at least know it moves from
historical fact when it speaks of "selling postcards of the hanging", as
indeed they did at the last lynching near to where Bob Dylan grew up in
Hibbing, Minnesota. Not so incongruous then.

The reference is to the Duluth Lynchings, which took place in 1920.


Hibbing is about 100 miles as the crow flies from Duluth.

This site has the complete lyrics of 'Desolation Row.'

Robert Paul
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