I’ve followed her since “Dear Sir,” and while I know I’m not alone, I wonder how many of us have noticed the bathyspherical leap in both Chan Marshall’s music and her appearance this month, this year, this time around?
But what would the community think? I guess people and tastes change in spurts and sputters; we make different human things daily. But how do we get that one push, the one that makes the spurt pulse and vibrate after so many pauses?
Today, I’m trying on the new one, “The Greatest.” More production, less raw. A polished-up Cat Power. Surprising, not what I expected, processing, but ultimately, finding it quite nicely done. Still more in love with the old stuff though. For now. For here. I’m glad the world and my head let so many different things exist in the same space in this same time. You Are Free, ultimately, omnisciently …
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.