This fall, we have a couple of gems coming your way, the first of which is “Pink Thunder” by Michael Zapruder. It’s our first time working with Michael, and he’s created quite the “concept” album working with some amazingly talented poets and musicians.

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 coming your way this October.