Forever Words: The Unknown Poems

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From his debut recordings at Sun Studio at the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll, to his flesh-and-blood connection to country music’s beginnings, and into his twilight hour reinterpretations of classic and contemporary American songs, Johnny Cash was a keen chronicler of all aspects of American life. Always a prolific writer, Cash could be as contemplative as he was unpredictable. 

 This collection of never before published song lyrics and poems reveals the world seen through Cash’s deep reflective stillness: examinations of his vulnerabilities and strengths, ruminations on family, fame, and life. Forever Words confirms Johnny Cash as a brilliant and singular American literary figure. His music is a part of our collective history, and here the depth of his artistry and talent become even more evident.

 Edited and introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon with a foreword by John Carter Cash, this poetry collection is illustrated with facsimile reproductions of Cash’s own handwritten pages. This book is a companion piece to the 2018 album of the same name, featuring some of the lyrics contained within its pages set to music by Rosanne Cash, Brad Paisley, Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves, Elvis Costello, and more.

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