Mark Polizzotti translated The Drunken Boat from the original French prose by Arthur Rimbaud. Rimbaud plays a significant role in rebel literature and music.
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Arthur Rimbaud is brought to life with drawings and pictures of his times with a new documentary. The enfant terrible is given justice as his poems are read by Joan Baez with the accompaniment of music in an attempt to present a visual of Arthur Rimbaud’s life. The much-fabled poet’s life is shrouded in mystery and legend. Most of it marred in tragedy and misery. His poetry transcends time as his youthful angst speaks to every generation screaming to be heard. He has seen the darkness of the soul and turned it into a visual macabre dance of words.
The music of Bob Dylan has always been poetic. Bob dabbed in actual poetry with his infamous 1971 Tarantula book of prose. Critics did not respond in kind throughout the years.
Tarantula is more of a tribute to Arthur Rimbaud’s prose style. Will Patton breathes new life into this body of work as he reads the lesser-known work of Bob Dylan.