Song of the Week: “Leather and Lace” by Stevie Nicks (w/ Don Henley)

I have a house. You have a house. I’m stepping onto your front porch. One thing I love about Stevie Nicks is her repeated use of house imagery. What we imagine as a house and how we inhabit space is so important to us. In “Leather and Lace,” Stevie’s house is complete, and her male counterpart has only to walk inside. To me, that’s such a concept on its own. Additionally, what keeps me coming back are these lines: “Still I carry this feeling / when you walked into my house / That you won’t be walking out the door.” She is strong and entirely capable (“I have my own life / and I am stronger than you know”), but, like Don Henley, has a fragile side. She is and has enough already, and their exchange has some sort of balance and acceptance. It’s just schmaltzy enough, yes? I’m sold.

-Gale Marie Thompson

Gale Marie Thompson‘s first collection of poems, Soldier On, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. Her work has appeared in the Denver Quarterly, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Volt, Salt Hill, and others. She is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts MFA Program and a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia. She is creator and editor of Jellyfish Magazine.




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