Private: Lucinda Williams and the poetry of loss

Speaking of poems about loss (see the Bishop poem I mentioned below), Lucinda Williams’ early songs are poetry in music. Lately I can’t stop listening to Happy Woman Blues (1980), which features an early version of “I Lost It,” not to mention “Howlin’ at Midnight,” “One Night Stand,” and “Rolling Along.” Her voice was so big and honest in those early recordings.

Williams’ father, Miller, is a poet in Arkansas.