Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Emma Bolden : part four

How important is music to your poetry?

Extremely. Poetry is music to me: it exists in a place that’s different than language, where words act more like sounds that, when strung together, create different chords, different kinds of harmony, different kinds of discord. My life has always thrummed with music. My father introduced me to singer/songwriters like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, George Harrison, Paul Simon, and Joni Mitchell, and I’ve been listening to and learning from them as long as I can remember. I’ve always listened to the way lyrics build around musical structures, how, when working with music, language transcends.

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