We know of rockers who’ve tried their hand at poetry, even working their verse into their original rock compositions.
If only we could do away with the poetic delusions…
We know of rockers who’ve attained a degree of respect for their poetry, never quite attaining a natural feel for rock ‘n roll, instead sounding more like a beat poet reciting over rock ‘n roll arrangements than a full-fledged rock ‘n roller – sometimes successfully so, if you can imagine!
Patti Smith, “Piss Factory”
Do we really have to go there?
There’s Gil Scott-Heron, who is thought to be a poet-musician but, who it may be argued is actually a musician-poet. According to a bio I read, he was in a band in college before taking a year off to write his first novel.
Hey, is this even “rock?”
Then there’s Leonard Cohen, who definitely established his literary cred before becoming known as a poet who’s become best known as a rocker, of sorts.
In terms of Poets Who Rock, let’s agree to leave the questionable Scott-Heron and the possibly one-of-a-kind Cohen out of this.