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Adult Head / Edition 1

Adult Head / Edition 1

by Jeff TweedyJeff Tweedy


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In turns complex and surreal, playful and painful, puerile and poignant, Adult Head rewards readers with a unique, mature and sophisticated prosody and deep wisdom. These poems, culled from the same mind responsible for writing many of the lyrics for the popular music band Uncle Tupelo and all the lyrics for Wilco prove that some songwriters are also poets on the page (one thinks of Robert Burns) and at least one of these hybrids is alive, well and writing poems that are among some of the best poetry in America today. Adult Head is the first book in the Nightingale Editions series and the first book by Jeff Tweedy. Jeff Tweedy has dedicated the last twenty years of his life to being a songwriter and musician, currently for the popular music band Wilco and formerly of the band Uncle Tupelo. Tweedy and his band mates have garnered respect and praise from virtually all critics who write for that art in such publications as Rolling Stone, Spin, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, etc.... He lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932023169
Publisher: Zoo Press
Publication date: 03/25/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 53
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Satan Explains3
Singing Combat4
When I Say My Heart6
Prayer #17
Unlikely Japan8
Another Great Thing9
Pure Bug Beauty10
Poison Color11
The Black Hours12
Prayer # 213
At Night14
I Am One of You15
Blueheart Chrome16
Ein Moment18
Capital City19
Way of Light (Christmas, 1978)20
Christmas, 1978, Later23
Sister Invention24
Kitten Epic26
This is New27
Damen Avenue29
Prayer #330
I'm a Wheel31
This Child33
Easy Bake Oven34
White Kitten Snow Cone Two35
Prayer #436
First This39
Knives and Forks40
War is Coming43
The Bench-Warmer's Daughter44
Breaking News45
Prayer #549
Temper, Temper50
Why the Hat51
The Next Ten Years52

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It¿s about time Jeff Tweedy who has written engaging rock songs for the past twenty years for Uncle Tupelo and Wilco put out a book of poems. Lyrics from such songs as She¿s a Jar prove themselves to qualify as poetry. Most rock lyrics on a white page without the embellishment of a crooning voice or a pounding four-piece band can be as painful as waking up next to someone you met in a strobe light club. Somehow the daylight against the white sheets shows unforgiving truths. This has never been the case for Jeff Tweedy. His first book of poems Adult Head holds up as a masterful book of poetry. One of the most rewarding aspects about Adult Head is that these poems are not obvious and explicit. Reading these poems feels like being immersed into the subconscious or tapping into those nebulous dreams we remember for a short while after waking up. They are cerebral poems that lend themselves to contemplation with such lines as ¿let¿s wear momentum/how honor pulverizes this now/like nothing else/it¿s happening/so loosen your body/to me.¿ Jeff Tweedy holds his ground in the realm of contemporary poets. He synthesizes influences from the imagery Williams Carlos Williams to the surrealism of Burgess to avant-garde rock lyrics of Thurston Moore. Even though this collection isn¿t a masterpiece, there is something hindering in each crafted poem, they give the anticipation of one to come. Fans of Tweedy¿s music and lyrics may be pleased to find that his sardonic humor continues. ¿For you to kiss my black eye even though I caught it from you,¿ recalls the domestic turmoil in the Summerteeth album. Also some complete poems will be put to music in Wilco¿s upcoming album a Ghost is Born. Jeff Tweedy gave a reading at the AWP conference in the Palmer House Chicago just a few weeks before he checked himself into a rehab center. Shielded underneath a grungy army coat, a sock hat, and dark horn rimmed glasses he adjusted his mike for a ten-minute reading. With his raspy singer¿s voice he spoke, ¿this is my first time reading in front of a group. And let me tell you how thrilled I am to do it in a roomful of writers.¿ His self-deprecation was unfounded after he got through such gems like ¿Another Great Thing¿, ¿Damen Avenue,¿ and ¿Hell¿. Adult Head introduces a new career for Tweedy as a poet.