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Joni Mitchell: The Complete Poems and Lyrics…

Joni Mitchell: The Complete Poems and Lyrics

by Joni Mitchell

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In my opinion, there is no one comparable to the artistry of this wonderful, creative, artistic and talented lady! If you, like me, appreciate her poems and songs and the incredible manner in which she paints an image, then this is a book you will love.

As I write, I'm humming the a few of the words to some of her poems which are of the lessor known variety, they spin round and round in my head like a circle game.

The Midway

I met you on a midway at a fair last year
And you stood out like a ruby in a black man's ear
You were betting on the numbers
You were shaking up the dice
and I thought I saw you cheating once or twice

Urge For Going
I awoke today and found
the frost perched on the town
It hovered in a frozen sky
then it gobbled summer down
When the sun turns traitor cold
and all the trees are shivering in a naked row

I get the urge for going
But I never seem to go
I get the urge for going
When the meadow grass is turning brown
Summertime is falling down and winter is closing in

The Hissing of Summer Lawns
He put up a barbed wire fence
To keep out the unknown
And on every metal thorn
Just a little blood of his own
She patrols that fence of his
To a latin drum
And the hissing of summer lawns ( )
1 vote Whisper1 | Mar 4, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0609802186, Paperback)

The sweeping imagery and confessional tone of Joni Mitchell's lyrics have made her a pop icon for decades. Her writing, like that of Paul Simon and Bob Dylan, helped legitimize song lyrics as poetry by adding sophisticated shadings and nuances that earlier rock and folk music often lacked. What's more, as a woman writing in a medium dominated by men, Mitchell became an important role model for young women trying to make sense of their lives during turbulent times. Given her importance as a pop poet and the care and craft with which she approached her craft, it is a treat now to have her work compiled in one volume. Mitchell's has been an aural art, but having the words to read on the page without benefit of melody heightens one's appreciation of the lyrics as poems.

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t, and reflective power, Joni Mitchell is one of the most admired and influential singers and songwriters. This collection of her song lyrics reads like a poem cycle that finds unexpected meaning and beauty in coming to learn that something's lost, but something's gained, in living every day. 20 line drawings.… (more)

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