Emo as I wanna be today.

Emo as I wanna be today.

Well, happy Valentine’s Day, all! Although I’ve got all kinds of rough drafts for Love&Darkness: Vol. II stewing on my computer right now, I’m afraid writing a third brand-new story last week to release it in time for the holiday was just not in the cards. However, thanks to my latest ENGL 483 prompt–and I say “mine” because I was the one who came up with it for the whole class–there is a new poem! Inspired by my love/hate relationship with T.S. Eliot (“the Kanye West of poets,” as I’m on record calling him), I decreed that we focus on a “referential poem,” one composed of literary/(pop) cultural references, or at least tasteful name-dropping. I decided to write one based on an old hobby of mine: chickening out talking to women and venting my frustration by listening to pop punk.

Shuffle Mode

(How many band names can you pick out?)


And speaking of emotional music… almost as long in making as the book itself, I present to you the Official Love&Darkness Playlist! It’s composed of songs that inspired me while writing the collection, songs that remind me of particular stories, and songs that I feel just embody the ideas of “love” and “darkness” as I set out to write about them. Since I don’t know how to embed a streaming playlist from Rdio or something (whatever happened to that option on iTunes, anyway?), I’ve just put YouTube links to the most convenient rip of each one (stupid ads aside). Listen on your own time, or while reading for added effect!

The Official Love&Darkness Playlist (Vol. I)

1) “Distraction” – Angels & Airwaves

2) “Living Dead Girl” – Rob Zombie (“All of My Ex-Girlfriends Are Monsters”)

3) “One Day Women Will All Become Monsters” – Chiodos (…Or this; take your pick)

4) “Gave Up” – Nine Inch Nails (“It’s No Use…”)

5) “A Daydream Away” – All Time Low (“But Crazier Things Have Happened”)

6) “Right Where it Belongs” – Nine Inch Nails (“Fear Itself,” “The Agents of Fear”)

7) “Ghost on the Dance Floor” – Blink-182

8) “Of Wolf and Man” – Metallica (“Were”)

9) “Veronica Sawyer Smokes” – AFI

10) “Harder Than You Know” – Escape the Fate (“How Does it Feel?”)

11) “The Curse of Curves” – Cute is What We Aim For (“Hi!”)

12) “Fix You” – Coldplay (“‘One Thousand Ways”)

13) “Hysteria” – Muse (“In Finiti”)

14) “Love Like Winter” – AFI

15) “About a Girl” – The Academy Is…

16) “Semiotic Love” – Blaqk Audio (“Keep Reading”)

17) “The World You Love” – Jimmy Eat World

18) “The Scientist” – Coldplay

19) “Chasing Cars” – Snow Patrol

20) “Fake Plastic Trees” – Radiohead

21) “Summertime” – My Chemical Romance

22) “Run” – Snow Patrol

23) “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” – Death Cab for Cutie

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