Song of the Week: “Iron” by Woodkid
Woodkid’s portrayal of a solider echoes a changing approach to the tragic jubilees of nationalism. We are cast from home, cold, fighting, but, “I want to feel the pain and the bitter taste / of the blood on my lips … again.” The determined voice carries the listener into the psyche that “wants” these tortures.
As soldiers rise to fight, the music moves from fanfare to a tribal chant that encourages and narrates pain from running to war, away from home. The smells, tastes, and sounds of a soldier’s identity intensify Woodkid’s prophetic war. But we don’t exactly see the war; we only listen to its iron, thunderous drums, and marching. We don’t want so see the war, though. We don’t want to see the war.
RJ Ingram studies poetry at Saint Mary’s College of California. He works as a social media editor of Omnidawn Publishing and assistant poetry editor of Mary: a journal of new writing. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Ilk Journal, Alice Blue Review, and Mixed Fruit among others.
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