“But ultimately Mr. Banhart seems to circle back to the same American source that Donovan probably came from: the early beat poets. One of the best songs on ‘Cripple Crow,’ the most ambitious and complicated of his four albums, is called, ‘Dragonflys.’ (Dig the misspelling.) It is 52 seconds long, with only guitar and voice, the lyrics aspirated in traded-off phrases with the singer Matteah Baim. ‘I don’t owe me any money,’ they sing. ‘I don’t owe me a thing/When we drink beer/Dragonflies appear/Dragonflies appear.’ It’s totally dippy, but the lines are lit by real charisma. You could make fun of it from a distance, but not when you’re actually taking it in.”
From Critics’ Choice: New CD’s section of last Monday’s New York Times.
This when I should be measuring assessment measures. Yes, I wrote that right.
[Addendum: “Cripple Crow” cover up close. ]
Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and is co-editing with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edited the anthology Bettering American Poetry 2015 and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.