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Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll

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"The poets who fill these pages have come to testify, to bear witness to the mysterious power of Rock and Roll. -- from the Foreword by Bono

"The thread or the theme That holds this tune Together is the same One that rips it open...." -- from Gimme Shelter by Bill Knott

"Chunky on the shag rug, I'm looking for my anthem, I'm looking for my headphones, I'm looking for the

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by MTV Books
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Maggie
Apr 08, 2012 Maggie rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, music, read-in-12
If you're expecting that a collection of rock and roll poems published by MTV's publishing company will be filled with fresh, edgy voices, you're going to be disappointed by this collection. Don't get me wrong, it's a great read, but it's filled with poets who were already at mid-career by the 90s, which leaves the collection feeling really dated. I'd read many of these poems elsewhere, and though it was nice to revisit them, I didn't discover anybody new, which was my hope.

That said, there are
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Lyn
Jun 22, 2013 Lyn rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1-poetry
Bono's foreword says it best, 'The poets who fill the pews here have come to testify, to bear witness to the mysterious power of rock and roll.' Though of course, many of these poems are noteworthy in themselves, not just as part of a tribute to rock and roll.

The poems and poets - including Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Allen Ginsberg, Lynda Hull, Bill Knott, Yusef Komunyakaa, Philip Larkin, Derek Mahon, Paul Muldoon, Daniel Nester, and Charles Simic - presented by Jonathan Wells in Third Rail are a
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Darell Schmick
Mar 27, 2011 Darell Schmick rated it really liked it
Shelves: rock-n-roll, poetry
Upon coming across this book, ensure that you queue the following in your playlist:

At The Fillmore
If Poetry Were Not Morality
Love Potion no. 9
Chiffon
The Prophecy
Birthday
John
Sep 11, 2007 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mylibrary
Marie Ponsot recommended this title to me. You can't get a better recommendation than that. I look forward to reading it.
Nina
Jun 29, 2008 Nina rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous read-a perfect joining of poetry and rock and roll.
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