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Added on 23-Mar-2007

Anthology includes two poems dedicated to Queen![You might recognize the title of the poem on the jacket copy, quoted here. There's also a poem called "Bohemian Rhapsody." Both of these are taken from my books, God Save My Queen and God Save My Queen II.]

"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 bare spot on the rug to wallow, side-stepped on the chair-stopped door. I blast my ears out.

-- from "The Prophet's Song" by Daniel Nester


Whatta lotta Noise you want a Revolution?

Wanna Apocalypse? Blow up in Dynamite Sound?

-- from "Punk Rock You're My Big Crybaby" by Allen Ginsberg

As revolutionary as the music it celebrates, the poetry in this electrifying anthology -- by poets such as Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon and Philip Larkin -- turns rock upside down with indelible images and powerful expressions of the music that changed our lives.

MTV, April 2007

eBook, 192 pages

ISBN-10: 1-4165-3952-2

ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-3952-0

Submitted by: Daniel Nester

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