Confession: I’m utterly delighted by these poems read over pop music:Click the forward arrow above for more greatness:
track 1 frank o’hara & draketrack 2 alice notley & justin timberlaketrack 3 dana ward & katy perrytrack 4 dylan thomas & miley cyrustrack 5 william carlos williams & wale/migueltrack 6 dorothea lasky & raekwontrack 7 richard brautigan & mariah careytrack 8 sylvia plath & eminem/rihannatrack 9 ted berrigan & kendrick lamar
These tracks hark to my piece for Ploughshares re: what poetry can learn from pop music …
More importantly, they convey the irresistible depth that music lends to words. And the subtle enacting here of social critique combined with direct musical utility and appreciation is stunning.
Coming from a career as a songwriter, whatever tensions that exist among poetry, social commentary, and pop music have only been lively and generative.