'The Poetry of Pop' Takes a Scholarly Look at Lyrics Both Profound and Vapid

'The Poetry of Pop' Takes a Scholarly Look at Lyrics Both Profound and Vapid

By Jordan Blum

The Poetry of Pop is a testament to the power, craftsmanship, and worthwhile intent of even the most ostensibly thin tunes. 22 Aug 2017 // 9:30 AM

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22 Aug 2017 // 7:20 AM

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