Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tristen opening for Vanessa Carlton @ The Great Hall, Friday

The ever-fabulous Tristen Gaspadarek will be a tough act to follow. Read all about her new poetry collection, Saturnine.

Saturnine by Tristen Gaspadarek

Saturnine, the debut collection of poetry by rising star Nashville singer/songwriter Tristen Gaspadarek, is the first volume in the new Pocket Poetry Series launched by Cosmic Thug Records inspired by the legendary Pocket Poet Series of City Lights Books.

Saturnine – already in it's second printing – marks the arrival of an exciting new voice in contemporary poetry. Gaspadarek’s poetry takes on a dystopian world where apathy uncovers empathy. Where, “the heart speaks kindness through the ugliness sometimes.”

Filled with 18 poems that span from the “green carpet hills by San Francisco” to the “cold hard streets of Chicago,” Gaspadarek’s collection brims with a kaleidoscope of characters — roadies, whitewashers, lost boys and big tits mary. Where existential dreamers in “Plastic Land” struggle to make sense of a modern age, “protesting the cruelest injustice of [their] day, the sickening smell of the Bourgeois Bouquet.”

Before now, Gaspadarek’s voice was most recognized via her music. With 2011’s folk-oriented Charlatans at the Garden Gate and the synth-centric pop of 2013’s CAVES — both released under the name Tristen — she gained notice as an artist with an exceptional ear for melody and a knack for astute lyricism. Outlets including NPR, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, KCRW and The Boston Globe have recognized Tristen’s skill as a songwriter and performer. Now the Chicago native and longtime Nashvillian turns her talents toward the written word, shrewdly dissecting our societal shortcomings, our cultural complacency, our dark motives, our inherent flaws.  Order a copy of Saturnine directly from Cosmic Thug Records & Press right here.

Check out Tristen's update of Edgar Allan Poe's gothic meditation on the frailty of human existence "A Dream Within A Dream" originally published on March 31, 1849 – just six months before he died in Baltimore where the 40 year-old writer was last seen wandering the streets in a delirious state wearing someone else's clothes and repeatedly calling out the name "Reynolds!"

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