21 May 2009

Poetry by Bob Dylan

Written by Bob (Zimmerman) while at summer camp in Wisconsin in 1957, the poem is to be auctioned next month by Christie's, who describe the item as a "dark and mournful poem, about the murder of a boy's dog".

It's expected to sell for $15,000. You can read it here for free, then go up to the attic to search through your summer camp souvenirs.

Addendum: As noted by Sabsbury -
A "poem" purportedly written by a teenage Bob Dylan and up for auction at Christie's is actually a song written by the late Canadian country singer Hank Snow, the auction house said on Wednesday.

Christie's announced on Tuesday the sale of the hand-written poem believed to have been written in 1957 when Dylan was 16 and away at Jewish camp.

But Christie's failed to detect that the words, with a few minor variations, matched those of a song previously recorded by Snow, who died in 1999 at age 85.

1 comment:

  1. That was discovered to be a revised Hank Snow song. Link via Yahoo News. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090520/od_nm/us_dylan_poem_odd;_ylt=Aqb.7Pv8Bm5.4MDcueYzewSs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFmaDAyaWlqBHBvcwMxOTMEc2VjA2FjY29yZGlvbl9vZGRfbmV3cwRzbGsDZHlsYW5xdW90cG9l


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