The Music Behind the Poems

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Poetry and music share a word of process — composition — and are linked by negotiations of melody, harmony, rhythm, proportion, and discord.

While some poets require silence to compose, many others find that listening to music and writing go hand-in-hand. Over at The Millions, Nick Ripatrazone asks poets what music inspires them to write, and how that music has helped to shape their work.


Marisa Siegel lives, writes, and edits near NYC but thinks twenty times a day about heading back west. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her essay “Inherited Anger” will appear in the anthology Burn It Down, forthcoming from Seal Press in fall 2019. She is Editor-in-Chief and owner of The Rumpus. Find her on Twitter at @marisasaystweet. More from this author →