Went to see a band last night in the nearby town of Hudson, New York, called The Akron Family. They all sing together and have a very collective, trance-y, barn-dance vibe. The kids are so positive these days! (The kids who don't write poetry, that is.) I've always thought a band called Meds would be great, but maybe now this moniker sounds too cynical or snarky.

Originally Published: September 15th, 2009

Born and raised in New York City, Rebecca Wolff earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She authored Manderley (2001), selected for the 2001 National Poetry Series; Figment (2004), winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; The King (2009); and One Morning— (2015). Her work has appeared in BOMB...

  1. September 15, 2009
     Daisy Fried

    Are you sure it wasn't ironic positivity?

  2. September 15, 2009
     Rebecca Wolff

    I'm "positive"!

  3. September 16, 2009

    In them g/olden days poets were brought in to name paintings--Apollinaire--or cars--Miss Moore--or, today, films--BRIGHT STAR. Why not bands? Rebecca can add pop band branding to her long, distinguished resume. Or do you think Meds are more Japanese noise band? Mexican squonk? Do poets make up band names/songs (a la Pynchon) for their poems? Meds is very good. I especially like how you dropped the The (The The--now that's a great band name, straight from Wallace Stevens, right?--"The Man on the Dump"--yeah.

  4. September 16, 2009
     Rebecca Wolff

    You don't remember The The?\r


  5. September 17, 2009
     Wyn Cooper

    When I was living in Salt Lake City in the 1980's, a punk band called The Swirling Turtles asked me to be their lead singer and lyricist. I told them that if they changed their name to Mopey Corruption, I would join. They said no.\r
    Thus ended my punk career, before it began. All because I thought their name was stupid.

  6. September 19, 2009

    Memorable Onion headline from years ago during the Elian Gonzalez affair: "37 punk bands change their name to The Miami Relatives on same night." Loved that.

  7. September 19, 2009

    Um--yes, Ralph does remember The The--it was a joke--as was his joke about Stevens--I think. Who knows--maybe Matt Johnson reads American poetry!

  8. September 19, 2009
     Sarah Sarai

    I'd like to be a back-up singer for Meds, Rebecca. I live in NYC not *that* far from Hudson. A band of poets needs more attitude and strangeness (I offer both) than rock competancy-although I'm way rock competent. Competant, competent. I wish there was a spellcheck here. That could be the title of our first song. "I Wish There Was (Or Were, If You Want To Be All Fancy About It) A Spellcheck Here"