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William Tecku: The Genius of Dylan's Poetry

It is as universal as Woody Guthrie's or Steinbeck's or Shakespeare's or WB Yeats, W.H. Auden, Shelley....the list goes on and’s not easy to write something from the heart, especially if it's related to love or death or something that really bugs you, that eats at you...when something is is is something you want to really share and get it out there on the page with the written word, and to  have that resonate in someone whose face is not in the mirror, that’s a real challenge.  It is so seldom done.  But he does it so consistently...I think he’s just a brilliant poet and I’m glad we can talk about him in the present tense. - William Tecku on Dylan’s poetry

Poet, writer, retired English teacher, and longtime Dylan aficionado William Tecku joined the morning show on Dylan’s 80th birthday to chat about the genius of Dylan and how he used Dylan's works to teach literary concepts in his English classroom.  He also shared an original poem he wrote on the morning of Dylan's thirty seventh birthday in 1978.  


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If you are a teacher who would like full lesson plans of Love Minus Zero and Whole Killed Davey Moore? Send us an email, William is happy to share! 


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Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. She returned for a second stint in 2016-23. She produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota.