In the 80s Suzanne Vega’s Tom’s Diner was a popular song. Except that it was more of a poem than a song. The only instrument she uses is her voice and she doesn’t exactly “sing” but narrates a story via the poem. She doesn’t “read” the poem either. Her voice blurs the line between singing and reciting.
So, unknowingly, millions of people heard and appreciated a poem while they thought they were listening to a song.
The world is overflowing with song and music. Yet, poetry remains a mystery to many and has not entered the popular conscience in the United States.
Since April is national poetry month, I am exploring the boundaries between poetry and music.