Forever Words: The Unknown Poems (Hardcover)
Much like Emily Dickinson, Johnny Cash was in the habit of jotting down thoughts and poems on whatever paper was handy. This short collection of poems, fragments, and songs yet-to-be, remind us of what a powerful voice Cash was, and the things we find in his songs are here; sorrow, love, spirituality, humor, and the vivid talent of a man who knows the power of language. A lot of the poems are accompanied by an image of the scrap of paper it was hastily jotted down on, which gives this collection even more depth than the poems themselves already do. A charming little book for fans and poetry lovers alike.— From Andrew Recommends
A collection of never-before-published poems by Johnny Cash, edited and introduced by Pulitzer-prize winning poet Paul Muldoon with a foreword by John Carter Cash. Illustrated with facsimile reproductions of Cash's own handwritten pages.
Since his first recordings in 1955, Johnny Cash was an icon in the music world. In this collection of poems and song lyrics that have never been published before, we see the world through his eyes and view his reflection on his own interior reality, his frailties and his strengths alike. In his hallmark voice, he pens verses about love, pain, freedom, and mortality, and expresses insights on culture, his family, his fame, even Christmas. Forever Words confirms Johnny Cash as a brilliant and singular American literary figure. His music is a part of our collective history, and here the depth of his artistry and talent become even more evident.
About the Author
JOHNNY CASH (1932-2003) was an American icon and country music superstar. He performed everywhere from Folsom State Prison to the White House. In 1980 he became the youngest living person to be chosen for the Country Music Hall of Fame; he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1977, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2010. A recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors as well as the National Medal of Arts, he won nineteen Grammy Awards, four of them posthumously. PAUL MULDOON is the author of twelve collections of verse, including Moy Sand and Gravel, for which he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He is Howard G. B. Clark Profes-sor at Princeton University, and between 1999 and 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford. Since 2007, Muldoon has been poetry editor of The New Yorker. He is a Fellow of the Royal Soci-ety for Literature and of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.