Friday, September 3, 2010

Children's Poetry: Natalie Merchant's New CDs

Leave Your Sleep: Natalie Merchant on Childhood
by Jerry Griswold
While marketed as a two-disc music compilation with an accompanying booklet, Natalie Merchant’s Leave Your Sleep might be better understood as a fascinating anthology of children’s poetry accompanied by biographical notes and two CDs on which each of the twenty-six poems is set to music. But it is even more than that. Leave Your Sleep epitomizes a certain contemporary sensibility and style of parenting. It is as much a work about childhood as it is a work for children....

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