reVerse [man gazing toward city]
jim derogatis's : top-ten rocker poets

1. lou reed

2. bob dylan

3. kurt cobain

4. jeff tweedy

5. p.j. harvey

6. neil young

7. nick drake

8. van morrison

9. courtney love

10. pattie smith

list published in the may 8, 2004 chicago sun times

PRESS

news, reViews and press: the 4th best cd of 2004 and more

rave reViews

Although the wonderful spoken word/musical fusion of reVerse, Vol. 1 has been out for about a year, I continue to be so impressed with this project that I wanted to give it a quick mention again. The diversity and stylistic catalog of this CD makes it a great choice for music lovers, poetry fans and anyone looking for a unique collection to add to their library.
Caryn Thurman for Literary Kicks: Where Literature Lives Online

I ordered the CD -- it's really great, I think: especially with the different atmospheres and aspects. Walter Schmitz, Hamburg, Germany

"reVerse... begins to show us exactly where words and rhythms have been all along, in poetry." "reVerse reminds us with its mere existence that poetry belongs between our ears and mouths as well as beneath our fingertips." -- Anne Holub for Subsystence.com

About.com poetry guide Bob Holman ranks reVerse at #4 in his Top 10 Poetry Picks: The Best CDs of 2004. Leonard Cohen's Dear Heather is #2 and the Lenny Bruce Box Set is #5.

"The production values are excellent and Marvin Tate's piece is a gas." -- Ron Padgett

"It's either poetry that you'll actually enjoy listening to, even if you can't dance to it; a way-hip sonic/linguistic experiment; or an aggressively contemporary rethinking of the relationship between poetry and music. It's relevant and important poetry with a soundtrack." -- Jim Palmer

"If you've got a writer on your shopping list, you should check out the totally cool, and totally cheap poetry and music collaboration titled reVerse." -- Gaper's Block

One of the great assets of (reVerse) is that it contains such a great variety of good poetry, music, and their combination. -- John Neubauer, PhD, Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Amsterdam

"(reVerse) has given me a new perspective on how poetry, performance and music can intersect." -- Cayrn Thurman, Litkicks.com

"the opening poem, "Echo and Shadow," written and performed by Li-Young Lee, does something remarkable; it reaches inside the listener and grabs hold of something in the chest, and, like a warm hand, it holds that "something" for the duration of the track. You'll have to listen to it to experience what I'm talking about. It is a great poem, and the placement of it at the beginning of ReVerse optimizes the experience of the CD by sucking the listener in to the mood right from the start." -- C.J. Laity, Chicagopoetry.com

Press by Date:

Daily Poetics finds reVerse (3/01/07)

Dumbfoundry blurbs reVerse (6/15/05)

A great reVerse review at Amazon.com by listener Jim Palmer, who says, among other things, "So what is it-spoken word? Pop culture poetry for connoisseurs of electronic music? Or something else altogether? Ultimately, what reVerse is depends on what you want to get out of it-it's either poetry that you'll actually enjoy listening to, even if you can't dance to it; a way-hip sonic/linguistic experiment; or an aggressively contemporary rethinking of the relationship between poetry and music. It's relevant and important poetry with a soundtrack." (6/5/05)

We love your cd! We have played the whole thing on www.luver.com And it is now in luver's mix..so you are often on luver! --Frank Moore (5/11/05)

Anne Holub reviews reVerse at subsystence.net
"reVerse... begins to show us exactly where words and rhythms have been all along, in poetry." "reVerse reminds us with its mere existence that poetry belongs between our ears and mouths as well as beneath our fingertips." (5/01/05)

reVerse gets listed at RollingStone.com. (4/25/05)

The Australian online music magazine Rockus reports about reVerse. (4/15/05)

Emily Cook from Milkweed Editions in the Twin Cities calls in to say reVerse track "Skyscraper (Delux)" was played by Mary Lucia, during her drive time show Thursday (4/14/05) evening on Minnesota Public Radio

reVerse track "What it Was" by Mark Strand was featured on Chicago Public Radio's Eight Forty-Eight as part of their tribute to National Poetry Month. Listen to the track here (4/12/05)

reVerse gets airplay on Minnesota Public Radio during Mark Wheat's show. 4/05

One of the great assets of (reVerse) is that it contains such a great variety of good poetry, music, and their combination. I loved almost all of the numbers on it; from the point of view of poetry/music combination there were some where the text accompanied the music, in others the music accompanied the text. Some were very pretty songs, but not basically different from songs that we know. In some there were very intriguing contrasts between the words and the music. For my taste, the most innovative ones were those where the music grew out, so to speak, from the words, from the rhythm and intonation of the text. Indeed, I am so fond of music inherent in poetry that I did not really mind that, as in some cases, the text was not accompanied by instruments or by other voices.
-- John Neubauer, PhD, Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Amsterdam (3/05/05)

reVerse track "Skyscraper (delux)" by KC Clarke was featured on Chicago Public Radio's Eight Forty-Eight, following a story about railroads and skyscrapers on March 17, 2005. Listen to Skyscraper (delux), listen to the Railroads and Skyscraper feature or visit the Eight Forty-Eight Audio Archive.

Listen for reVerse on WGN Radio 720 during "Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan," on Sunday, March 13, 2005, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Distriubtion to American libraries is now being provided by Quality Books, Inc., operated by librarians for librarians. 2/11/05

Digital distribution via iTunes, etc. is now being provided by IODA, America's Independent Online Distribution Alliance. 2/11/05

news of reVerse reaches Germany via the German poetry news website Lyrikzeit Ung & Poetry News: die todliche Dosis Poesie (see item #71) 1/12/05

About.com poetry guide Bob Holman ranks reVerse at #4 in his Top 10 Poetry Picks: The Best CDs of 2004. Leonard Cohen's Dear Heather is #2 and the Lenny Bruce Box Set is #5. 12/28/04.

Literary Kicks, a Brooklyn, New York, based literary operation reviews reVerse. "I've been listening to the CD for a few weeks now and I'm pleased to say it exceeded my expectations and has given me a new perspective on how poetry, performance and music can intersect." -- Cayrn Thurman, Heartbreaking Business Manager of Staggering Genius, LitKicks.com 12/15/04

Chicago Public Radio's Eight Forty-Eight featured "Echo and Shadow" from reVerse on December 9th. Listen Here (with Real Audio) or, visit the December WBEZ audio archive and find the reVerse archive.

Gaper's Block lets the people know about reVerse: "If you've got a writer on your shopping list, you should check out the totally cool, and totally cheap ($12) poetry and music collaboration titled reVerse."

Pete Lit, a blog dedicated to literary pretendings, off-the-cuff insights and the occasional rant blurbs reVerse as such: "For a guy who isn't particularly into poetry (other than Philip Levine and David Berman), I'm rather intrigued by the audio verse collection reVerse..." 11/28/04

Listen to Chicago Public Radio's Hello Beautiful broadcast of reVerse (you'll need a copy of Real Player installed on your computer) 11/23/04

Edward Lifson played "Echo and Shadow" and "What it Was" from reVerse this Sunday, November 21, 2004, during WBEZ's Sunday moring art show "Hello Beautiful." 11/21/04

Chicagopoetry.com's C.J. Laity gives reVerse "two big quills up." Read the review here. 11/18/04

Newcity Chicago gives the reVerse 411. 11/18/04

Litkicks says about reVerse: "We heartily support such collaborations that dare to blur the lines of music, poetry and activism." They promise a review. We can't wait to see what they say. 11/09/04

reVerse US Newswire Press Release 11/8/04

Largehearted Boy includes reVerse in it's daily download. Largehearted Boy is an indie music, pop culture and modern American literature blog. 10/9/04

news about reVerse travels to Italy via www.loureed.it/news 10/6/04

Small ad in The New Yorker

Half-page ad in the December 10th Chicago Reader

Small ad on poems.com during the month of December:

November Village Voice ad:

A little ad with a bit of bravado goes up on pitchforkmedia.com on November 1. 10/29/04

ad for rattapallax magazine which will feature echo and shadow in the winter issue

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[cityscape]
reVerse: volume one

Click for reVerse audio collage
(2:51 minute mp3)

From avant garde to gospel, lyric narratives to performance pieces, acoustic to electronica, reVerse features established as well as emerging poets and songwriters, mixing the unmistakable voices and interpretive sounds of 14 artists to form a single volume. Purchase reVerse.

Performed by the artists themselves, the works in this collection create an intersection of music and poetry, rendering immaterial the question of the difference.

indie reVerse

reVerse is an independent project. Distriubtion to American libraries is provided by Quality Books, Inc., operated by librarians for librarians. Digital distribution via iTunes, etc. is provided by IODA, America's Independent Online Distribution Alliance. If you are a reviewer and would like to request a review copy of reVerse, please e-mail us.