Song of the Week: “212” by Azealia Banks

This has been my song of many weeks. Months. It has been months. It makes me want to move. It is involved with different sorts of movements. It makes me want to make things. Make moves. Banks’s moves her voice in many ways. Her rhyming is sharp, fast, and fierce. Her singing is rich and generous. “212” has lifted, loud, brave, playful, angry, smart, funny lyrics—that allow me to like the word cunt for a little over three minutes. I can’t help it. For a little over three minutes I like the word cunt. For a little over three minutes I can’t help but move.

-Emily Pettit

Emily Pettit is the author of Goat in the Snow (Birds LLC, 2012) and two chapbooks: How (Octopus Books) and What Happened to Limbo (Pilot Books). She is an editor for notnostrums and Factory Hollow Press, as well as the publisher of jubilat. She teaches at Flying Object.

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