My name is Billy, and I am a poet. I’m not the only poet who goes by the name Billy though, not by a long shot. There are literally dozens out there in the world, and we here at the blog would like to recognize and honor a few from time to time in a feature we’re going to call “Other Poets Named Billy.” Tonight’s episode features none other than Billy Corgan.
Most of you prolly know Billy Corgan as the guy behind The Smashing Pumpkins, but did you also know that he could write poetry?? Hard to believe, but it’s true. In 2004, he released a poetry collection entitled “Blinking With Fists,” chalk full of 57 poems. That’s over 56 poems! If you were to read a poem a day, it would take you over a month to finish his book. If you decided to take weekends off, you wouldn’t finish reading BWF for almost two full months! If you didn’t take weekends off, but one of the months you were reading during was February (regardless if it was a leap year or not), it would take you over two months to finish Billy Corgan’s poetry book. Crazy.
Upon its release, the highly prestigious poetry publication Entertainment Weekly rated Blinking With Fists a respectable D grade, claiming the poems to be both “pretentious and confoundingly esoteric.” I haven’t read too many of Mr. Corgan’s poems, but I find it hard to believe that the guy who is currently releasing a 44 song album, one song at a time, could be pretentious. What is this glorious album titled? Teargarden By Kaleidyscope. Nope, nothing pretentious about that.
Not only does Billy Corgan have a knack for penning some great poems, he can deliver them just as well. Check out this slam poetry performance he did a couple years ago:
I’ll bet you didn’t even realize that he was reciting lines from the Smashing Pumpkins’ hit single “Bullets With Butterfly Wings,” did you?