4 New Collections of Work by and About Bold, Free-Spirited Poets
A quartet of just-released books illuminates the artistry of Nikki
Giovanni, Mary Oliver, Joni Mitchell, and June Jordan, oracles who've
lived lives of boldness and beauty.
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Joni: The Anthology
"My wonder is still intact," Joni Mitchell confided to a reporter in 1982 upon the release of her 11th album, Wild Things Run Fast.
Famously reluctant to speak to the press, on this occasion Mitchell
opened up about the role of melancholy in her song writing. Depression,
she said, is "sort of like winter and is necessary for further
blooming." That playful pathos permeates the gemlike Joni: The Anthology
(Picador), a compendium of the singer's album reviews, commentary, and
wending conversations. The handful of unfiltered, charming interviews
she's given to a few lucky music writers are the true gold in this
retrospective of the icon's many-splendored career.