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Bob Dylan famously called Smokey Robinson “America’s greatest living poet” for the exquisite beauty, pain and affection in lyrics to “Tracks of My Tears,” “Tears of a Clown” and so many other songs Robinson wrote and sang during his heyday at Motown in the 1960s and 1970s.
Now, Robinson’s ready to share a side of his poetry largely separated from music in “Words,” a spoken-word program built around several long-form poems that Robinson will present in a pair of shows this weekend in North Hollywood.
On Friday and Saturday at El Portal Theatre, Robinson plans to present six largely autobiographical poems, says Brian French, who is producing the one-man show that is directed by his wife, Linda Cevallos-French.