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Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Music. A meditation on messages, POPULAR MUSIC asks: how does art make itself heard? The poems of Kelly Schirmann's debut full-length collection offer a unique voice, investigating the spaces between-between the singer and the audience; the lyrics and the message. Like a pop song, these poems encourage and distract, inviting the reader and list Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Music. A meditation on messages, POPULAR MUSIC asks: how does art make itself heard? The poems of Kelly Schirmann's debut full-length collection offer a unique voice, investigating the spaces between-between the singer and the audience; the lyrics and the message. Like a pop song, these poems encourage and distract, inviting the reader and listener in, wanting to tell you things that seem intimate, while telling them to everyone. They want to know: is anyone listening? And reader, we hope you are.


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Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Music. A meditation on messages, POPULAR MUSIC asks: how does art make itself heard? The poems of Kelly Schirmann's debut full-length collection offer a unique voice, investigating the spaces between-between the singer and the audience; the lyrics and the message. Like a pop song, these poems encourage and distract, inviting the reader and list Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Music. A meditation on messages, POPULAR MUSIC asks: how does art make itself heard? The poems of Kelly Schirmann's debut full-length collection offer a unique voice, investigating the spaces between-between the singer and the audience; the lyrics and the message. Like a pop song, these poems encourage and distract, inviting the reader and listener in, wanting to tell you things that seem intimate, while telling them to everyone. They want to know: is anyone listening? And reader, we hope you are.

30 review for Popular Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Bohnsack

    I heard Schirmann read from this book last spring, but didn't get around to picking up a copy until AWP this year. I'm glad I did. I loved Schirmann's prose pieces on what music does and means to the human condition. She name drops songs I don't love and made me think about them in a different light. Her poems were weighted in just the right ways. She isn't pretentious in her delivery and somehow has a grasp on analyzing things that seem unexplainable. I highly recommend this book. I heard Schirmann read from this book last spring, but didn't get around to picking up a copy until AWP this year. I'm glad I did. I loved Schirmann's prose pieces on what music does and means to the human condition. She name drops songs I don't love and made me think about them in a different light. Her poems were weighted in just the right ways. She isn't pretentious in her delivery and somehow has a grasp on analyzing things that seem unexplainable. I highly recommend this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Landin Chesne

    The prose sections throughout are beautiful analyses of art's place in the modern world, but Schirmann's poetics leave much to be desired, opting for the same easily accessible, shallow structures as the popular music she is questioning. The prose sections throughout are beautiful analyses of art's place in the modern world, but Schirmann's poetics leave much to be desired, opting for the same easily accessible, shallow structures as the popular music she is questioning.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jadyn Elias

    Popular Music is an excellent collection of poetry that examines how the world speaks to us and how we should listen to it. Schirmann gives the world a new voice by taking ordinary objects and experiences and sharing them in a way that gives them new meaning. Trips to the mall and rides in the car become examination of the ways that we are connected to everything around us. This is a worthwhile read for anyone who is looking to change up their perspective and listen to the world a little differe Popular Music is an excellent collection of poetry that examines how the world speaks to us and how we should listen to it. Schirmann gives the world a new voice by taking ordinary objects and experiences and sharing them in a way that gives them new meaning. Trips to the mall and rides in the car become examination of the ways that we are connected to everything around us. This is a worthwhile read for anyone who is looking to change up their perspective and listen to the world a little differently.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    goodness, not my favorite but why play favorites these days?

  5. 4 out of 5

    david

    the kind of relatable & succinct prose that hollows one out so that one may be filled back up. has stuck with me. recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    gracie

    just here to say this might be my favorite collection of writing Ever?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joana

    “I’d like to be purposeless with a little specificity The exact person I was born as but older”

  8. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    3.5 stars The first half of the book I enjoyed, the second half did nothing for me. I just feel like it lost its focus and tried to do too much. I think I liked section III the best, and some of the poems in section II, which I can't mention by name because they are untitled. 3.5 stars The first half of the book I enjoyed, the second half did nothing for me. I just feel like it lost its focus and tried to do too much. I think I liked section III the best, and some of the poems in section II, which I can't mention by name because they are untitled.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Best book I've read this year. Best book I've read this year.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brent Reichenberger

    Anyway It's a beautiful song I don't know what else you want me to say Anyway It's a beautiful song I don't know what else you want me to say

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carmen Brady

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ally

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carli Knudten

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adam Tedesco

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Fiegel

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  19. 5 out of 5

    Em Cassel

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chad Redden

  21. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Portela

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

  23. 5 out of 5

    Claudiadelfina

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Neil

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matt k

  28. 5 out of 5

    Claire

  29. 5 out of 5

    guermo

  30. 5 out of 5

    Connor Griffith

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