Shane McCrae
Essay on Feedback

The most productive sound of the

past fifty years     is feedback

You make the amplifier hate itself     / You bring the instrument     too close you turn it up too loud

The music passes through and is     the show until it is

forced through / The forcing through becomes the show the feedback

Filling the moments when the music stops becomes the show     it blends in with

The music makes     the music richer     the music the     box

through which the music is heard not / Wanting the music anymore     of course     the amplifier

Doesn’t want anything

A tool is what it’s used for

Found In Volume 42, No. 03
Read Issue
  • shanemccrae photo
Shane McCrae
About the Author

Shane McCrae is the author of MuleBlood, and three chapbooks, including Nonfiction, which won the Black Lawrence Press Black River Chapbook Competition. He work has appeared in The Best American PoetryFenceGulf Coast and elsewhere, and he has received a Whiting Writer’s Award and an NEA fellowship.