RIP Lou Reed

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Lou Reed, who changed the face of rock music both with the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, passed away yesterday at the age of 71.

We trust you know where to find his music, but you may also be interested to see some of his poetry, printed in the Paris Review. A preview:

1. Mister Moonlight
succulent smooth and gorgeous
isn’t it nice
we’re number one and so forth
isn’t it sweet, being unique


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →