Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #5- Allen Ginsberg VERSUS Dennis Lee

The final winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Jack Kerouac Vs Allen Ginsberg, with a final score of 3-1 was Allen Ginsberg!

Looks like Kerouac has hit the road. This really wasn't his scene anyway. I'm sorry to say, I was never a big Kerouac fan. Then, I first read On The Road as an adult and most of the Kerouac fans I've met got into him in high school. You know that old rumour about having written the entire novel in 3 weeks? I think it's believable. Of course, I can't deny the influence it's had on the road novel as a genre, and I'm sure plenty of people would consider it the quintessential road novel. However, the few others I've read that could be labeled as such (Volkwagen Blues, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), I actually enjoyed more.

This week it's a battle of the bards.

Remember, vote simply by adding your comment below, base it on whatever merit you choose, voting does not end until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. (Dec 29, 2009), and if you want your book to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who is better?


Kate said...

OK - I'm back in the voting game because I absolutely have to vote for Dennis Lee! I haven't read any of his poems in years, but could still recite a bunch of them from memory.

raidergirl3 said...

Oh yeah, Dennis Lee for the win.

There is a show going on in Ontario, where Mike Ross (from PEI) has written a show and music to Lee's poems, called Civil Elegies.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Time for me to switch to Dennis Lee, I think.

Remi said...

I like Dennis Lee a lot. I grew up reading the guy. Alas, while I gave up on Kerouac, I cannot ignore one of my other literary idols. Ginsberg again with howls and shouts.

Melwyk said...

Dennis Lee! Love his kids work and his adult work.