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A Playlist for Poetry’s February 2016 Issue

By Chelsea Avery


For our February 2016 playlist, we asked Chelsea Avery, the Poetry Foundation’s logistics coordinator, to read through the issue and curate a selection of music for us. You can read about her approach to creating the playlist below. Click here to open the playlist in your Spotify app. 

The poems in the February issue are caught amid the jello-space between in breath and out. In them we are all in an airplane going from Apple to Angel, cloud fishing, waiting for postcards. In February, we are always ad libbing what our bodies want to say and no other body blames us. We’ve been through this season before and we’re still here now. Months bend with a certain motion; February’s gait is heavy and there’s no release—we build words and sounds like breadcrumbs around the anticipated season. Coleman’s saxophone shifts into the minimalist electronic sounds of Trish Keenan & co. There are sprinkles of house and hip hop by way of Goldlink, Gibbs, and Dilla—an ode to the very fleeting feeling of overcoming winter. Kate, Daryl, John, Rene, and Frank are the pace you take when joints settle, memory seeds. Lubomyr’s continuous piano calls to mind both solace and seedling.

In any other month or motion, these same poems may have produced different responses. I’d probably have cut out the chords that rise and fall so slow the anticipation starts to congeal. But I have always held my breath in February and I am never not anticipating spring.

You can find past playlists here.

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Posted in From Poetry Magazine on Friday, February 26th, 2016 by Chelsea Avery.