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Meditation On Blood On the Tracks: “Hymns To the Repetition Wheel”

The insert shows Dylan’s handwritten working notebook for “Blood On The Tracks.” This extra is part of the deluxe release. See Bob Dylan’s site bobdylan.com for details. Photo courtesy of Sony Legacy.

I’m a poet by trade, and I confront the subjects I examine from the alters of that perspective. In turn, I’m choosing to publish my first reaction to More Blood, More Tracks: a poem which illuminates the birth of the review. I think it’s appropriate to include this piece here, since this 14th installment of the Bootleg Series memorializes the birth of a record as we see all the shapes these landmark songs took in Bob Dylan’s head before they ever found their final form.

Hymns To the Repetition Wheel

(On Bob Dylan’s Blood On the Tracks)

At the
Naked point
Of infancy
Into the caskets
In your head

Beyond this
Cold puddle
Of mirrors
Through the vast
Poem bloom

At the
Naked point
Of infancy
Time to
The ideologies
Of eyes

Beyond this
Cold puddle
Of mirrors
The sky roars
Into next iteration

& teeth
& mind

by John Aiello

October 2018


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