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The Poetics of American Song Lyrics$
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Charlotte Pence

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031564

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031564.001.0001

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Still Holding at the Seams: Magnolia Electric Co.’s Josephine and the Contemporary Poetic Sequence

Still Holding at the Seams: Magnolia Electric Co.’s Josephine and the Contemporary Poetic Sequence

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(p.253) Still Holding at the Seams: Magnolia Electric Co.’s Josephine and the Contemporary Poetic Sequence
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The Poetics of American Song Lyrics
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Jesse Graves

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031564.003.0023

Contemporary poetry and independent/roots music increasingly resemble one another, nurtured by the same native sources. The deepest and most consequential connection between the two genres lies in the style and subject matter that makes up the work of contemporary poetry and indie music. Many poetry books and albums are apparently bound by a sense that their individual songs and poems make up a larger poetic sequence. This is evident in Magnolia Electric Co.’s 2009 album Josephine, which is reminiscent of contemporary poetry, with its reliance on symbols and recurrent imagery. Furthermore, the album is seemingly held together by a definite, albeit incomplete, narrative. This chapter examines the use of poetic sequences in contemporary poetry and albums such as Josephine.

Keywords:   poetry, indie music, albums, songs, poems, Magnolia Electric Co, Josephine, symbols, imagery, poetic sequences

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