I know nothing about poetry. A few of the names that always get spouted out, a few not so dog eared books on my shelf, but that's about it. That despite knowing a bunch of poets, a few very scholarly and well respected in that world. But me? I really don't know shit. That said, I believe I can smell a rat. Not really a rat per se, but someone who the hard core poetry people probably thinks is a laugh. That's what Rod McKuen always seemed to be to me. Parent poetry. Like the decoupaged Desiderata plaque in the hallway.
Rod McKuen was on the brain because I was just thinking about his "Beat Generation", recorded by Bob McFadden and Dor, being the song that Richard Hell, another poet I bet real poets don't care for, drew from for his "Blank Generation". When I went to see if McKuen had recorded a version of "Beat Generation" himself, I ran into a slew of his cornball beat shtick stuff at YouTube. Beatsville? Oh, brother....
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