Blinking with Fists: Poems

ISBN: 0571211704
ISBN 13: 9780571211708
By: Billy Corgan

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About this book

The hit poetry collection from the creative force behind The Smashing Pumpkins Having risen to fame during the grunge era in the early nineties, Billy Corgan is among the most respected figures of the alternative rock world—a visionary artist who, more than a decade later, still commands a devoted following. Long admired for his evocative songwriting, Corgan embarks on a deeper exploration of literary terrain as a poet. Full of “the regretful melancholy of his music [and] the rhythmic, angular wordplay of his best Pumpkins lyrics” (Jeff Vrabel, Chicago Sun-Times), the poems in this collection form an imagistic journey through the intensely personal as Corgan throws into sharp relief issues of love, loss, identity, and loyalty. Crafted with a thoughtful and cadenced approach that shares the same allegiance to thunder and quiet found in his music, these writings further solidify Corgan’s place as the voice of a generation.

Reader's Thoughts

Christina knox

list of words is the gem of this, the way he manages to get ah shucks in there... midwesterners... as you might guess, this is fucking terrible.


No. Ok? Just don't. Really, it's cool. You were/are in a kickass band, and that's enough, isn't it? Why masquerade as a poet. It doesn't really work for musicians. Not really even for Jim Morrison. You make my soul blink with fists, guy.


Actually it's very disappointing. I had a lot of expectation when purchasing this book and it just didn't make as much of an impact, or any impact at all, to me as I foretold it to. I expected an imagination emphasis, but it didn't give me that emotion I feel when listening to Smashing Pumpkins. I don't believe reading this was a waste of time, it was just ok. It still entertained me, I just thought it would be much more than it is.Not to mention poetry books are ridiculously expensive.PS: Billy Corgan is also writing a novel... Let's fasten our seatbelts and take motivational breaths. Don't let me down!

Lisa Ziccardi

I could not even finish this book because reading it made me cringe and want to go ' Oh Billy' out loud to my self in a sad voice. I am a fan of his music both old and new, he does have talent there.But I honestly think that if he WASN'T Billy Corgan NO publisher would touch this book or give it a second thought. The poems did not rhyme, and sounded sophomoric and that they were the poorly put together thoughts of a angst ridden girl whose parents did not understand how deep and complicated she is. I really do feel bad about saying this, but I am not going to flatter or sugar coat because he is Billy Corgan. If anything he deserves honesty, and honestly I think he should stick to music. Sorry Billy.

Don't Look

You must ask yourself, "what runs throught Billy Corgan's head when he thinks?" It's THAT insane!!! :)


I am as disappointed as everyone else. Love Corgan as a lyricist, but I think as a musician has tools of chord, rhythm and dissonance, so too does the learned poet. The words are there, but what about punctuation, spacing, etc, to tell the audience at what pace it is to be read, otherwise, like others said, it feels like a mess of amateur words.I borrowed this back from a friend I gave it to as a gift, and am happy she never read it. She isn't a fan of poetry and this wouldn't have been the right one to let her in on it.


I basically bought this book just so that I could meet Billy Corgan at a book signing. I was quite poor at the time, and man, poetry books are expensive. Worth it though.

Lorena Walker

I LOVE LOVE Billy Corgan. He is my favorite songwriter and musician. I think maybe Corgan was trying to hard to be like a "poet," you know the ones who get famous for writing poems about a red wheelbarrow and forgetting to be himself when he wrote. It sounds nothing like I expected. It is nothing like his lyrics-deep, beautiful and yet you can still find yourself somewhere in the meanings.


What I dislike more then seascapes is lame poetry about seascapes and there are several references to seascapes and the sky and it kinda made me want to throw up a little. Corgan can do much better than this. He's a complete ass but the boy can write. Unfortunately, I didn't find that genius in this book. The date of this book is 2004. I felt this was earlier for some reason. There are a few poems that were great but nothing that really blew my mind like some of his lyrics have done.


I'll probably finish or never finish- it's poetry, so it's easy to pick up, put down, and pick up again. I find Billy Corgan interesting, so if you're a fan then read it.


it's imperfection gives me room to try, and then, who am i to say it's not perfect. he pushes the shape of himself into existence, and pushes and pushes. thank god for billy corgan; he gives me the courage to keep writing and this book, as are his songs, are a big part of my journey into sound.


i remembered, at the very first, this book is hard to find. i've tried searching around borders and local bookshops. finally my friend sent me one. i like words sayings from billy corgan; but honestly i prefer to his lyrics from the smashing pumpkins songs even better.


Mr. Corgan knows his verse. Let's hope he also does a good job writing his biography because many songwriters have failed in longer forms.


Not even the 10+ years I spent adoring Billy Corgan could save me from having a poor opinion of this book. It mostly reads like bad high school poetry that he wrote with a thesaurus next to his desk.


I love Billy's work, I really do, but the poems in this collection are so disappointing, especially because they could've been so much better. A lot of great ideas, a lot of great sounds, a lot of great images, but the poems really need a good edit to make them stronger. In a poem everything needs to be tight because of brevity, and the weak parts really drag down the rest of the poem, over and over again.I went to the poetry reading in Chicago, and one of these poems had a very powerful image, a short two line segment, that was cut from the poem before publication. Sadly.Billy's incredibly gifted, but without the music to back them up, the words in these poems more often than not don't manage to stand on their own. I'm not sure how much input Billy got from an editor or other poets before submitting these poems for publication, but they strike me as rather early drafts of what could've been great poems.

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