Song of the Week: “Jigsaw Falling Into Place” by Radiohead

Horizontal lines and vivid blues: listening to “Jigsaw Falling Into Place” is a visual experience for me. I see shapes and colors when I listen. This song has all the elements of literary fiction — characters, setting, narrative arc — but moves like a prose poem, building and unspooling tension. The lyrics are deliciously complex. Listening once, it’s sexy in a universal way; strangers meet, passion acts as a magnet. Listening twice, there’s something very wrong here; it’s not just about passion, but maybe about stalking? Or an affair that’s about to ruin someone’s life? Listening a third time, it’s all metaphor; sexual passion is just a way to describe the process of making and encountering art. The music pushes forward in a relentless, almost dangerous way, giving sound to what the lyrics describe.

-Carol Guess

Carol Guess is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, including Tinderbox Lawn, Doll Studies: Forensics, and Darling Endangered. Forthcoming titles include two collaborations: How To Feel Confident With Your Special Talents (co-written with Daniela Olszewska) and X Marks The Dress: A Registry (co-written with Kristina Marie Darling). Follow her here:

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