Unbelievably, Bob Dylan is 70 in May. The Captain’s Tower is a birthday-present anthology of poems concerned with Dylan’s life, his work, and his cultural impact.
In this book the poets respond to Dylan’s own creativity, his capacity to inspire and his enormous influence on culture and writing. Here are poems by Allen Ginsberg, Lachlan Mackinnon, Glyn Maxwell, Matthew Sweeney, Jeremy Reed, Linda Chase, Chris McCabe, Helen Kitson, Sophie Hannah, Wendy Cope, Linda France, Mark Ford, Andrew Motion, Owen Sheers, Paul Henry, Roger McGough, Roddy Lumsden, Peter Finch, Paul Batchelor, Paul Muldoon, Hugo Williams and Ian McMillan.
There is bound to be a huge media response to Dylan’s birthday and this will be part of it – a must for Dylan fans and poetry readers alike.
Phil Bowen is the author of four volumes of poetry from Stride and Salt. He edited a previous Dylan anthology, Jewels & Binoculars (Stride, 1993) and Things We Said Today, an anthology of poetry about The Beatles (Stride, 1995). Damian Furniss’ first collection, Chocolate Che, was published in 2011 by Shearsman; he is widely published in magazines and has read at festivals and events around the country. David Woolley is a well-known poet, publisher and arts administrator. He was until this year the director of the Dylan Thomas Festival, and was on the board of the Dylan Thomas Prize.