“The Greatest” by Cat Power


This song is so subtle and raw and minimalist, it’s hard not to feel every inch of her despair and disappointment and emotion. It’s full of nostalgia and regret, and even though I believe regret is a silly, useless emotion to linger on, we all feel it, especially when it comes to disappointing ourselves and how we behaved with other people. For me, that’s always the hardest pill to swallow. There’s something about having to force yourself to sit down with yourself and take accountability that is so powerful to me, and songs so rarely deal with that, I think. The heartbreak in this one is so internal, and it’s so real. There are endless songs about lost love and heartbreak and disappointment with someone else, but what about when you break your own heart? When you aren’t the person you want to be?

Joanna C. Valente 

joanna_smallJoanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. They are the author of Marys of The Sea (The Operating System, 2017), Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Sexting the Dead (Unknown Press, 2017) & Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016), and is the editor of A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM, 2017). They received their MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is the founder of Yes, Poetry and the managing editor for Civil Coping Mechanisms and Luna Luna Magazine. Some of their writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Brooklyn Magazine, Prelude, BUST, Spork Press, and elsewhere. Joanna also leads workshops at Brooklyn Poets. She can be found online at joannavalente.com.

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