Category: Music

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Rebels, Bombs, Duende

by Jason Freure

About two-thirds of the way through Jim Smith’s 2012 book of poetry from Mansfield Press, Happy Birthday, Nicanor Parra—I think it was around “Christ, Elqui” and “Risk Analysis of a Poem”—it hit me: if you’re going to write poetry at all, you might as well write whatever you want. The payout just isn’t worth the compromise in such a low revenue,

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Bob Dylan, Dionne Brand, Louise Carson and the Written-Sung Word

by E. Martin Nolan

We’ve been looking into the tricky role poetry plays when incorporated into music. So far, I don’t think we’ve adequately defined that role. That is appropriate, because what little investigation we have done has suggested that poetry’s role in music should be studied on a case by case basis, and that “tricky” is probably the most important word in any overarching definition of that role.

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Lyrics Inside a Cage of Sound: Sir John Betjeman on Daft Punk

by E. Martin Nolan

The fourth in a series on music lyrics. Read Jessica Bebenek’s entry here, Peter Norman’s here, and Kevin Hardcastle’s here.

Now that I mention it, is Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” stuck in your head? And when you engage that funky fairy in your mind’s ear,

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Of Music and Fiction: Questions for Kevin Hardcastle

by Kevin Hardcastle

Recent contributor Kevin Hardcastle discusses components of his process as a writer. You can taste the fruits of his labour in Issue XXI: Spring 2013 of The Puritan.

The Puritan: Did music lyrics have anything to do with the piece we’re publishing?

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Of Music and Poetry: Questions for Peter Norman

by E. Martin Nolan

E Martin Nolan interviews recent Puritan contributor Peter Norman on the ways he makes his poetry sing. 

EMN: How do you conceive of the musicality in your poems? Do you deliberately inject a certain idea or strategy of musicality into them, or is it more natural,

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Poetry of Lyrics: The Uncluded

by Jessica Bebenek

Do you ever have this problem where you want to listen to music, but you actually don’t want to listen to music, you just want to hear people say words arranged in a really provoking and emotionally moving way and then set to music? Yeah, me too.

Lucky for us, folk singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson and rapper Aesop Rock have teamed-up to create The Uncluded,