By Joanna C. Valente
Here’s some music, new and old, you should listen to and check out:
Nick Drake - Five Leaves Yet
Drake’s 1969 album is a classic, introspective beauty.
Dolly Parton - Jolene
Parton’s 1974 album is a heartwrencher. It’s full of one punch after another.
Andy Shauf - The Party
Shauf’s 2016 album is tender and quiet and full of hits like “The Magician” that will rattle your bones.
Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. They are the author of Sirs & Madams, The Gods Are Dead, Marys of the Sea, Sexting Ghosts, Xenos, No(body), and is the editor of A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault. They received their MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is the founder of Yes Poetry and the senior managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine. Some of their writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Them, Brooklyn Magazine, BUST, and elsewhere. Joanna also leads workshops at Brooklyn Poets. joannavalente.com / Twitter: @joannasaid / IG: joannacvalente / FB: joannacvalente