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Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Sings 'Every Day We Get More Illegal'

Every Day We Get More Illegal, seems to foretell a diatribe vibe, but threaded throughout Herrera's verse is the musicality--the calming, invigorating melodies that remind us, ever so sweetly, if insistently: Latino lives are beloved.


Kurt Elling and Danilo Pérez Prove 'Secrets Are the Best Stories'

Kurt Elling's collaboration with pianist Danilo Pérez features impressionistic and daring playing and poetic lyrics, making it one of the highlights of a brilliant jazz vocal career.

Reading Pandemics

What's Love Got To Do with It? Shakespeare's 'Venus & Adonis'

The worn trope—Time Devours All Things (tempus edax rerum)—is true for human beings, says Shakespeare: if you're a mortal, death lurks at the heart of the very thing you most want. During a plague, or a pandemic, it's wanting that endangers us.


Oakland Homeless Heart Collective Dares You to Care About All of Your Neighbors

Across more than 20 short tracks, Homeless Oakland Heart captures the broken heart of the Bay straight from the mouths of some of those who have suffered the most at its feet.


For Ben Goldberg It's a 'Good Day for Cloud Fishing'

Composer and clarinetist Ben Goldberg writes tunes inspired by the poetry of Dean Young for a shimmering trio, which in turn inspired new poems.


'The Poetry of Pop', Stretches the Definition of Pop Generously

Adam Bradley's The Poetry of Pop works for what it obviously wants to be, a primer on American popular music.


Kate Tempest Takes on the UK Establishment with 'The Book of Traps and Lessons' and Wins

The Book of Traps and Lessons reveals Kate Tempest's disdain with contemporary society while also envisioning a future where it all can be changed. With a flair for hip-hop laced with Marxism, the album is poetic artistry.


Hold Your Own: An Interview with Kate Tempest

On any given day, you may see Kate Tempest working as a poet. Or maybe a playwright. Or a spoken-word artist with hip-hop connections. As she celebrates the release of her third album, she reflects on where her place is in Britain's powerful cultural moment.

Mick Jacobs

When You Speak to Your Muse, Does It Answer? It Does in 'Boss Broad'

Wild rebellion and reckless combat are increasingly less valued than ethical wit and spiritual sustenance in Megan Volpert's entertaining and insightful Boss Broad.


Brian Selznick Communicates Wordlessly with Walt Whitman in Abram's 'Live Oak, with Moss'

Language and image never combine in Abrams' Live Oak, with Moss; they are distant lovers, if you will, as divided as Walt Whitman and Brian Selznick are as collaborators.


A Translator Between Worlds: On Behrouz Boochani's Work from the Manus Island Prison Camp

His intellectual and journalistic training, coupled with an eloquent capacity for literary expression, enables Behrouz Boochani to bridge the lived experience of refugees with non-refugee audiences and to express it in the context of the critical social and political theory which shapes intellectual elites' understanding of the refugee crisis.


UnZipped: Vanessa Daou and Erica Jong on the Making of the Electronica Classic 'Zipless'

Celebrating Zipless's nearly 25 years of existence with a new vinyl reissue, Vanessa Daou and Erica Jong continue to take listeners on a personal and intimate journey through the passionate exploits of this landmark work.


From Paris, with Poetry: On Henri Cole's 'Orphic Paris'

Henri Cole's Orphic Paris mines the city of light to illuminate the ends of his art.


Allen Ginsberg's Journals Offer Insight into Poetry, Culture, and Politics During the Cold War

Beginning in Cuba in 1965, Ginsberg recorded his experiences behind the Iron Curtain. Iron Curtain Journals: January-May 1965 brings us with him, via his intimate diary.


Luciana Souza Gets Highly Poetic on 'The Book of Longing'

Every line, every note of Luciana Souza's program of poetry turned into song as The Book of Longing is imbued with the power of feeling expressed through compression rather than explosion.


Luciana Souza Delivers a Breathtaking Album of Nuance, Homage, and Poetry with 'The Book of Longing'

At times abstract and elusive while others vivacious and brimming with energy, Luciana Souza's The Book of Longing is a brilliant and sensual release from one of today's foremost jazz-crossover singers.


Mood Music for Ursula K. Le Guin Lovers

Ursula K. Le Guin's Music and Poetry of the Kesh brings speculative fiction world-building to a whole new level, in the tradition of J.R.R. Tolkien's expansive Middle Earth mythos.


Genocide and the Benevolence of 'The Beekeeper'

Using techniques applied in his work, an Iraqi beekeeper rescued Yazidi and Christian minority women and children from Daesh during the recent Sinjar massacres.


Vision Quest: Poet and MC Azeem On His Latest Work, 'Vision Teller'

Azeem returns to his roots of poetry to deliver Vision Teller, a collection of spoken word pieces that hum with the silk-spun lyricism of a speakeasy street poet.


Étant Donnés with Michael Gira - Offenbarung und Untergang (Review)

In 1999 Swans' Michael Gira paired with Étant Donnés for an album of the spoken word poetry of Georg Trakl mixed with ambient noise. Offenbarung und Untergang is now available again as a new re-issue.


Jay Clayton and Kirk Nurock: Unraveling Emily

Balancing traditional and avant-garde elements of jazz, Jay Clayton and Kirk Nurock deconstruct the poetry of Emily Dickinson.


Award-winning 'Walking the Rez Road' 20th Anniversary Edition Still Haunts

At times humorous but also permeated with sadness, Walking the Rez Road illuminates those who have inherited generations of institutionalized oppression while adding their own layers of pain and dejection.


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

The Poetry of Pop is a testament to the power, craftsmanship, and worthwhile intent of even the most ostensibly thin tunes.


Albert Goldbarth's Adventures of Frustration and Cleverness

The Adventures of Form of Content is filled with exceptional essays for a specific crowd.


Old Ideas and New Generations: What Leonard Cohen Means to Us

Leonard Cohen endures and conquers. But does he mean something different to Millenial audiences than he did to their parents? Can the legend of Cohen escape its own clichés?


A Poetic Filament: An Interview with Writer and Musician Azeem

What you hear in Azeem's music is bluster and anger, a rage of words and sound. But at the very core of his sonic tirade is the enveloping silence of anagogic contemplation.


'Grief Is the Thing With Feathers' Pokes Around in Poetry's Carcass

In his first book, Max Porter pulls disparate voices and bangs them together to make something beautiful and scary.


Object-Oriented Poetry: An Interview with App Artist Seth Carnes

PopMatters talks to Seth Carnes, developer of the art app, Poetics.


Christine Fellows: Burning Daylight

This album will be of particular interest to those who long for the cold and want to know more about Canada’s Arctic heritage.


Kate Tempest: Everybody Down

Confounding yet worthy of recognition, Everybody Down is a sound, if imperfect, effort.


Love-Drenched Gunfighters in 'The Guns of Will Sonnett'

For a couple of rough 'n tough gunfighters, these guys sure do talk about love a lot.


When Word and Image Collide: 'Jess: O! Tricky Cad and Other Jessoterica'

The former chemist that worked on projects relating to the development of nuclear weapons carries his prior career into his collage and paste-ups, which create ideas, forms, and landscapes from the clipped molecules of media ephemera.


Momus: Bibliotek

Bibliotek doesn't change any of the things that turn people away from Momus, but even in his artistic obstinance he manages to craft what might be his best work to date.

Brice Ezell

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