Poetic Playlist: 3 Collections by Musicians Coming Out This Year
Poetry and music have a natural and long-standing connection. The two art forms are both known for their lyricism, rhythm, and strong sense of emotion. In fact, music often stands out as a crucial part of a poet’s writing routine. Music and poetry are so intertwined that many artists experiment with and achieve success in both genres. These musical poets—all of whom are releasing a collection in 2021—exemplify this multifaceted talent.
Old Monarch by Courtney Marie Andrews
Releasing April 6, 2021
Courtney Marie Andrews is an award-winning songwriter and has contributed background vocals to Jimmy Eat World’s album Invented. Her seventh solo album, Old Flowers, received a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album. In her debut poetry collection, Old Monarch, Andrews takes inspiration from familiar sources: her Arizona childhood, her family, and romantic longing, bringing these themes to a new genre.
Just like Andrew’s songwriting, the poems in Old Monarch are folksy, voice-driven, and informed by a deep sense of place. The collection takes readers on a journey in three parts and mirrors the transformative cycle of its namesake creature, the monarch butterfly.
Maps for the Modern World by Valerie June Hockett
Releasing April 6, 2021
Multi-instrumental musician Valerie June Hockett transcends genre, incorporating soul, bluegrass, and country influences into her renowned music. In a 2017 interview, Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Dylan named Hockett as one of his favorite artists and modern-day influences.
Hockett released her latest album, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, in March of this year. Her poetry collection, Maps for the Modern World, comes close behind this April, establishing her as a multimodal creator. Above all, Maps for the Modern World celebrates the power and significance of pursuing one’s dreams.
Releasing June 8, 2021
Tarriona “Tank” Ball is a member of Tank and the Bangas, nominated for 2020 Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards. Ball got her start as a slam poet, enhancing the craft behind both her lyrics and the poems in her first collection.
Vulnerable AF is the tale of a relationship told in verse, chronicling the stages of infatuation, heartbreak, and the eventual power of regaining confidence and self-love.
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