It’s hard for me to imagine writing without music. I use music to get into, and sometimes to understand, the tone of what I’m working on. It’s both my wall from the rest of the world, as I write, and my companion. Often, when I reread a piece of mine, I’ll hear the music that I wrote it to—a reminder that all writing is, in some way, an act of collaboration: between the writer and the page, the writer and the reader, the writer and every thing and person that hides beneath the words, and, of course, the writer and the other artists who haunt the way the words fell.

When writing my debut full length poetry collection, Your Strange Fortune, I found myself listening to songs that gave me the sense of longing, of desperation, of hopelessness, and sometimes hopefulness. The collection is poems of gentle apocalypses, ways the world might go, but at its heart, what hopefully comes through is the sense that we can do better, if we work on it, if we care to try. Below is a selection of the songs that got me through the writing and revising process on the book.

Chloe N. Clark Soundtracks her debut poetry collection, “Your strange fortune.”
“I Wake up feeling like you won’t play right”

“Chloe Clark’s voice rises above the usual din
to bring us a debut volume that is rich with unsettling
questions but always unflinchingly alive”

—Ned Balbo, author of The Cylburn  Touch-Me-Nots  
and 3 Nights of the Perseids


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Vegetarian Alcoholic Press | Amazon

Read Chloe’s Little Fiction stories:

Balancing Beams | Between The Axis And The Stars

Chloe N. Clark’s work appears in Apex, Bull, Cosmonauts Avenue, Flash Fiction Online, Uncanny, and more. She is co-EIC of Cotton Xenomorph, writes for Nerds of a Feather, and teaches composition, communication, and creative writing at Iowa State University. She is the author of The Science of Unvanishing Objects and Your Strange Fortune. Find her on Twitter @PintsNCupcakes.