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  1. Wendi Wendi says:

    Years ago before I finished my English degree and tempered my opinion a bit I said to my sister Yeah I don't like poetryAnd she said Listen to Jeff Tweedy's lyrics and you'll see he's a great poetSo although I'd dabbled in Wilco's music a bit and I'd always liked what lyrics I could understand I paid closer attention Eventually I heard about Adult Head a collection of his poetry and I finally got around to it this last weekAnd you know what? Based purely on this book? Yeah I don't like poetryThere's some very interesting stuff here particularly if you're a Wilco fan and I'll even say some good stuff and I'd also like to point out that I am most definitely still not an expert on poetryMany of the lines here went on to feature in Wilco songs and it's nearly impossible for me to read those lines without hearing the music and the cadence and Tweedy's voice This absolutely transformed the poetry for me Because for the lines that didn't conjure up known songs I had much difficulty relating or caring much about them I can feel the emotion and I know that this is very heartfelt work What was the most interesting for me about reading these poems though was exactly their translation into the songs I could see and hear the process I appreciated the transformation and how voice and music can change everything Even the poems I didn't much care for confusion and stilted ideas I imagine I'd appreciate much better if I heard Tweedy read them aloudThe Next Ten YearsI want to beginwhere the dilation chargesand juries weepover half opened wombsWhere god staggers incleft chinned and broodingdizzy sick with creationI want to begin with thisminus infinity


  2. Fran Fran says:

    apparently I like his poems better as songs


  3. David David says:

    I'm generally a big fan of Tweedy's work but much of this collection felt a bit like a glimpse into his notebooks than a finished collection of poetry to me Maybe I should have looked at it as suchas a glimpse into his notebooks I actually found it uite fascinating Anyone familiar with his songs will instantly recognize some of the seeds I'd still consider it a good read for fans of Tweedybut not so much for someone looking for a solid collection of poetic work


  4. Brooke Brown Brooke Brown says:

    A great look into Tweedy's writing process Several lines are featured usually slightly tweaked in Wilco songs; specifically the album A Ghost is Born


  5. Jehan Jehan says:

    It just needed to be longer


  6. C C says:

    I didn't love every poem in this book but there are several that really hit me hard


  7. Michelle Michelle says:

    I've had this book for years I bought it at a Wilco concert I'm not sure why it took me so long to read it None of the poems really resonated with me I liked discovering lines that appear in some of Wilco's songs and there were some other beautifully written lines in here as well But I rate books based on how much I enjoyed reading them and sadly I didn't feel much enjoyment with this


  8. Sarah Sarah says:

    picked JT's book of poetry up at a Wilco concert both were lovely now i just want for the author to sign it


  9. Jessica Jessica says:

    My review Disclaimer I think I have been pretty objective here but you should know that I am a huge Wilco fanI am not sure how I would have felt about the poems in Jeff Tweedy's Adult Head had I read it prior to the release of Wilco's album A Ghost is Born Several of the poems or at least some of their individual stanzas have since appeared in song format on that album and changes somewhat the idea that the writing in Adult Head is poetry in a traditional sense Lyrics for Company in my Back Muzzle of Bees At Least That's What You Said Hell is Chrome I'm a Wheel and probably some that I've missed all appear in infant form within these poems making Adult Head like an intimate portrait of Tweedy's songwriting process than a book of poetryImagery and ideas are occasionally repeated Prayer #2Muzzle Sister InventionI'm a Wheel At NightBlueheart Chrome as if they are being polished until fit just right Other times the inital draft feel is clear and a few pieces feel as if they have been meshed from several different thoughts Often in the same poem a stanza will resonate all on its own but feel off kilter in context of the entire piece First This is a strong example of the order or disorder of some of these works The first two stanzas of First This hold together well but the third takes the reader just off base However if the poem is read with the last stanza first the cohesiveness of the piece seems to come together and progress readily Of course this may have been Tweedy's intention especially in this case the poem IS titled First This but the techniue proves of a distraction than a pause to consider It seems Tweedy may even be aware of this weakness as he broke down the piece Muzzle into two separate songs on Ghost is Born the first three stanzas becoming Muzzle of Bees and the last two becoming At Least That's What You SaidAll of that said there is still plenty of fresh material Way of Light Christmas 1978 and its companion piece Christmas 1978 Later catch the enormous emotional charge of coming of age the pain of learning that childhood's magic is often just mundane trickery Doris and The Bench Warmers Daughter create such crystal clear character studies Tweedy might as well have pasted down photos as soon as words Easy Bake Oven is innocently seething with its final line and I've never been too sad to eatAnd there are of course those pieces that are just waiting to burst into song Temper Temper Poison Color Blueheart ChromeOverall an interesting body of work that should definately be revisited in light of A Ghost is Born A great companion piece to the cd but also a stand alone book of unorthodox and highly personal poetry


  10. Tabitha Tabitha says:

    I did enjoy this For the most part at leastIt was really an odd experience reading what amounted to Wilco lyrics without the music It's nonsensical at times and if you think too hard about the words and the cadence these poems will fall apart BUT if you just read them and let your mind wander around in them its got something special you can feelI know I'm coming off as a crystal gripping hippie for all that but it is something I like about Tweedy's lyrics The are about how they sound and how that makes you feel than what the exact words are These poems are uite a bit like his lyrics in fact some bits and pieces of them have ended up in songs on albums


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Adult Head Adult Head is the first book of poetry by Jeff Tweedy the songwriting genius behind the band Wilco In turns surreal and concrete playful and serious urgent and whimsical Adult Head rewards readers with a uniue prosody and deep wisdom Culled from the same mind responsible for some of the best lyrics and music made in the past decade this volume displays Tweedy's prodigious talent for poetry on the page Jeff Tweedy has devoted the last twenty years of his life to songwriting and music making As a member of the band Wilco and formerly of the band Uncle Tupelo Tweedy and his band mates have garnered respect and praise from Rolling Stone Spin the New Yorker the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune Tweedy lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons