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'Revolution on Canvas' presents another collection of poetry from some of the country's most popular indie-rock bands, including Deftones, Fall Out Boy, Armor For Sleep, and Say Anything.


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'Revolution on Canvas' presents another collection of poetry from some of the country's most popular indie-rock bands, including Deftones, Fall Out Boy, Armor For Sleep, and Say Anything.

30 review for Revolution on Canvas, Volume 2: Poetry from the Indie Music Scene

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    My review from Chord magazine... In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby suffers the disillusionment of realizing the American Dream only to find himself feeling more hollow and empty than ever before. Jay largely suffers this experience silently and even the denouement-shattering epiphany of his last scene is wordless. Presumably, the emotions of Bobby Darling of Gatsbys [sic] American Dream are more finely wrought and therefore explicable in print. Unfortunately, like the rest of the writing in Revolut My review from Chord magazine... In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby suffers the disillusionment of realizing the American Dream only to find himself feeling more hollow and empty than ever before. Jay largely suffers this experience silently and even the denouement-shattering epiphany of his last scene is wordless. Presumably, the emotions of Bobby Darling of Gatsbys [sic] American Dream are more finely wrought and therefore explicable in print. Unfortunately, like the rest of the writing in Revolutions on Canvas Volume 2, Darling's poem is mercilessly melodramatic, with a banal metaphor that warrants expulsion from any serious poetry workshop. The collection of poetry and fiction from various names in the indie music scene takes itself entirely too seriously. I didn't laugh or cry or feel anything deep down in my soul, but I did roll my eyes. A lot. I also found myself cursing Charles Bukowski and E.E. Cummings until I remembered that it's not their fault they spawned a generation of imitators who think anything with random line breaks, misused punctuation, and sensory language constitutes "poetry." There's no shortage of irony in this anthology, starting with the editor's stated intent to make poetry accessible to the apathetic. It calls itself a survey of indie music, but some of the best indie lyricists of today---Dave Berman, Mark Kozelek, Colin Meloy, to name a few---are nowhere to be found. Instead, with work from people like Fall Out Boy's Peter Wentz and A Static Lullaby's Joe Brown, this book gives hope to kids scribbling bad poetry in notebooks that one day they, too, will be published poets. That said, people love this sort of stuff---it's how the emo corner of the indie rock world became popular in the first place. The second installment of Revolution on Canvas may amount to Chicken Soup for the Tortured Soul, but in the end, reading is better than cutting.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    How do you even rate this book? All I know is that I was sitting on a sidewalk bench at a university this afternoon, reading it, and for a while, it felt as though I've stumbled upon a nexus that connected me with the rest of the world. Sure some of the writings were insipid, but a lot of them created their niche in my mind feed and really nestled in there. I think that's all that matters. Just enjoy reading it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christy Stewart

    I got the first volume for a friend and almost couldn't part with it, so when I found this today I was really excited. Not everything in this book is great but the ones that are pull more than their weight. This is a great book to just flip around through when you are bored or need inspiration.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Compared to the first collection, I wasn't cornering as many pages, but there are still many gems in here that absolutely pull their weight. I'm so glad I own both volumes because I will be flipping through them far into my future. These collections inspire me a lot, and it's so refreshing right now to read poetry that's not cliche, popular, pretty things.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gemma Garcia

    This is very likely my favorite book of all time, as far as modern literature goes. It combines my two favorite things; music and books. The poetry in this book is very diverse, and the artists different styles really differ from piece to piece. I would strongly suggest this for anyone who has a love for lyrics, who enjoys music equally for it's literary content as much as the actual composition, such as myself. If you are looking for some clean, classic poetry, this is probably not the book you This is very likely my favorite book of all time, as far as modern literature goes. It combines my two favorite things; music and books. The poetry in this book is very diverse, and the artists different styles really differ from piece to piece. I would strongly suggest this for anyone who has a love for lyrics, who enjoys music equally for it's literary content as much as the actual composition, such as myself. If you are looking for some clean, classic poetry, this is probably not the book you are looking for. But if you love poetry, lyrics, music, and are curious to delve a little deeper into these lyricists minds and souls, Revolution on canvas Vol. 2 will NOT disappoint :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    cyncynatti

    finishing this one made me very thoughtful today..

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maris

    this was pretty good, though some of the poetry became strange, biased, or boring.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book is a compilation of short works. It is very cute and some of the stories are very moving. I really enjoyed the book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I didn't find the same attachment in this edition as I did to the first, but I still enjoyed it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Frankie OK

    I loved all of the poetry and short stories. My favorite was Justin Pierre's short writing. He's an amazing lyricist and a great writer.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    Um... I adore poetry.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Johnson

  13. 5 out of 5

    Casey-Lee

  14. 5 out of 5

    Candice

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tart

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paige

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nick Prime

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Dickard

  20. 4 out of 5

    Belem

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sara Mossman

  22. 4 out of 5

    Danny

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ed

  25. 4 out of 5

    hike.read.repeat

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Gile

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carlos Velazquez

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carinne

  30. 4 out of 5

    BriAnne

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