December 18, 2008

becca klaver


TRACK 1 / 0:25

Don’t stick your body parts out else they’ll get chopped off
This summer’s sugary like Fun-Dip, like Freeze-Pops
Slinky sounds, boyoiyoi
Outside a Winter Storm on the first day of Spring
Get it right, Nat’l Weather Service
That breezy wet day in January was not called Spring Rain
Only springlike—simile and metaphor, learn the diff
Nat’l Weather Service

TRACK 8 / 0:29

Why do I love duets?
Let’s settle this once and for all.
First, because they’re usually love songs.
Second, because there’s good tension even if it’s not a love song.
Third, because I prefer extreme feelings to subtle ones.
Love will bowl you over is a pretty good summary of the feeling a duet
gives you. Duets bowl me over.
Finally, the afterparty.

TRACK 10 / 0:26

More edge than you’d expect from a title track.
They don’t make songs like this anymore.
Andy would say something about 90s lady guitar
and Liz Phair and the big scratchy metal sound.
I won’t pretend I would have come up with that on my own
but he’s right. Women don’t play guitar like that anymore.
It’s like the musical equivalent of shoulder pads.
I guess it was just too much.


Becca Klaver was born in Milwaukee, WI, and graduated from the University of Southern California and Columbia College Chicago, where she now works and teaches. A founding editor of Switchback Books, Becca is also currently editing, with Arielle Greenberg, an anthology of poems for teenage girls. These poem-tracks are from her first chapbook, Inside a Red Corvette: A 90s Mix Tape, out this month from the greying ghost press.

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