In 2006, the Wave Books Poetry Bus hauled ass around North America, bringing poetry to the people. Michael rode the bus, hung out with the poets, listened to readings, and thought a lot about songs and poems and what they have to do with each other. Back home in California, he rented a cottage in the hills near Napa for ten days, where he concocted twenty-two free-verse pop songs from poems by notable American poets (and, mostly, Poetry Bus riders) like Bob Hicok, David Berman, Mary Ruefle, D.A. Powell, Dara Wier, and Valzhyna Mort. After a number of different recording sessions in a number of different studios, the pieces – poems that are sung and orchestrated; songs that imitate a poem as much as they can – came together. Pink Thunder was born, and, lo and behold, it turned out to look like its parents: a vibrant crowd of poets riding a Poetry Bus across a land of chaos, contradictions and beauty.
It took the contributions of 23 poets, 3 engineers, and many musicians to make Pink Thunder. You are invited to listen to the results this fall.