Liz’s Weekly Poetry Series: Music

by lizard

With this weekly poetry series, I’ve expressed my opinion about the distinction between song writers and poets (that post was less of a polemic than it was a petty gripe), but I haven’t really expressed my deep love for music, of all kinds.

This past week I’ve been working on a list poem using primarily musicians and band names from my personal collection. The list reflects the title of my first radio show as a local KBGA dj—the Schizophrenic Friday show. Though I had some reservations at first about the required playlist I had to include in my lineup, I came to really enjoy the sometimes odd juxtapositions that came into play. Lately, for some reason, I’ve been feeling nostalgic about my time on air playing music for Missoula. I wish I had the time to get back to it, but I just don’t right now.

Music, though, has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. And there’s something very powerful about how an unexpected tune that pops up on the radio (or, more likely, on my shuffle) can lead one to grandiose thoughts of the universe’s ability to speak through the musical medium; that maybe music touches on a deeper set of vibrations that underlies the bits of ephemera that float through our lives, day in and day out.

So enjoy the poem, enjoy this little sneak peek at spring we’ve had this past week, and let this post be a break from the incessant political chatter many of us choose to expose ourselves to on a daily basis.



Cloud Cult, Modest Mouse
Talking Heads burning down the house
Wooden Wand singing Shithouse Rat
Aesop Rock, the speed of rap
Alice in Chains, Andrew Bird
Animal Collective is quite absurd
Kid Koala, Mr. Scruff
Massive Attack (I can’t get enough)
My Morning Jacket’s Victory Dance
followed by Nightmares On Wax
Outkast, Palace, Patti Smith
A Perfect Circle, the jam band Phish
Porno For Pyros, R.E.M.
Rusted Root, Sally Timms
Shipping News and Sigur Rós
The Skygreen Leopards, Tori Amos
Tool, Spoon, Wartime Blues
Akron/Family, Rabbit in the Moon
CocoRosie, Clutch, The Coup
Calexico and Caribou
the milk of human kindness pours
The Fiery Furnaces, Faith No More
Ghostland Observatory, Gary Jules
Gil-Scott Heron, It’s Your World
Arcade Fire, Atmosphere
Bonnie Prince Billy, Bon Iver
Broken Bells, Citizen Cope
Morphine climbs a Rope on Fire
Jimi Hendrix, Flaming Lips
The Doors upon the funeral pyre
classic Gram and Grateful Dead
Grizzly Bear, Portishead
Grinderman sings Heathen Child
The Kills, Miles Davis, Songs: Ohia
TV On The Radio
Neutral Milk Hotel
Nirvana not softly singing
how bad teen spirit smells
Woven Hand, Wu-Tang Clan
Primus, Pink Floyd, Peeping Tom
Butthole Surfers, Elliot Smith
Eddie Vedder’s Big Hard Sun
Dj Shadow, Iron & Wine
Beck’s a genius and Brad’s Sublime
Blackalicious, Dead Can Dance
Devendra Banhart, Digable Planets
Vetiver and Dirty Three
The (not-very) Evil Tambourines
Fiona Apple, Half-Handed Cloud
Hazmat Modine, the beats of Jel
Johnny Cash, Jurassic 5
Kool Keith, His Name Is Alive
Lauryn Hill, Levon Helms
Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails
Unkle, J-Rocc, Medina Green
Ursula Rucker, Mums the Schemer
Yo-Yo Ma and Shivaree
(goodnight moon she sings to me)
Lyrics Born, A Tribe Called Quest
Willie, Wilco, Wyclef Jean
Taj Mahal and Violent Femmes
singing, blasting sound and song
the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Royal City
Radiohead and Rolling Stones
But none of these can touch the beauty
Of a Daddy/Daughter’s sweet duet—
music, magic, home

—William Skink

  1. Ingemar Johansson

    Does this fit here?

    “Fences in the moonlight look like bones”

  2. lizard19

    yes Ingy, Tom Waits fits nicely. here’s him reading some Bukowski:

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