Simple and straightforward and nearly perfectly composed, this song reminds me of a great short story. A studio version is available for free from their website but I prefer this live (albeit in-studio) performance on YouTube.
I love how this song begins serenely and builds to an eruption of voice at the end before returning for a moment to the calm experienced at the beginning. The quiet moments, pauses, and vocal and musical outbursts all seem perfectly placed and fit neatly within the simple structure while also mimicking the unpredictability/
Matt Rasmussen’s poetry has been published in Gulf Coast, Cimarron Review, Water~Stone Review, Mid American Review, Paper Darts, MARGIE, New York Quarterly, Natural Bridge, and Dislocate, among others. He was a 2009 Bush Artist Fellow for Literature and has received awards, grants, and residencies from The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Corporation of Yaddo, The Loft Literary Center, The Jerome Foundation, Intermedia Arts, and The Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN. He’s a former Peace Corps Volunteer and teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College. His chapbook, Fingergun, was published in 2006 by Kitchen Press and he’s a founding co-editor of Birds, LLC, a small, independent poetry press.
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