Ode to the Best I Ever Had

Artist Cassandra Gillig has recently composed a number of mashups between pop music beats and poetry readings. A few selections were featured on Slate yesterday (see the article here), including Frank O’Hara’s reading of “Ode to Joy” combined with Drake’s “The Best I Ever Had,” and William Carlos Williams’s “Tract” mashed with “Lotus Flower Bomb” by Wale. The tracks are a wonderful way to remind ourselves that poetry has life beyond the page, and that it is meant to be performed, an active and enacted art.

The Literatures & Languages Library holds copies of both works by Frank O’Hara and William Carlos Williams. You can view their holdings in the catalog here (O’Hara) and here (Williams) (materials may also be held in Main Stacks).

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