Read Jack White’s poem, ‘Music Is Sacred’

He's published it on his Third Man Records blog

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Jack White has published a poem, ‘Music Is Sacred‘, over on Third Man Records.

The piece is written entirely in the lower-case; you can read it in full below.

In related news, Third Man Records will participate in the Poetry ReIncarnation at London’s Roundhouse on Saturday, May 30.


The event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the First International Poetry Incarnation, which featured performances from Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, William Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Michael Horovitz.

For the ReIncarnation, Third Man Books poet Janaka Stucky and editor/poet Chet Weise will be joining musician Duke Garwood and poets including Michael Horovitz, Pete Brown, John Cooper Clarke, John Hegley and Adam Horovitz.

Here’s ‘Music Is Sacred’:


“those of you who stand for the sanctity of music
so that its soul can breathe
and be heard
so that it blooms in graveyards
echoes in hotel hallways
awakens neighbors in the night
and fills peoples minds with fire
shout it out loud with whatever microphone you have
or these stones will shout for you.
jump in front of demons,
and stand over cowards and those who would intend
to rip out your lungs and dampen your desire
tell the living and the dead
what you know in your heart to be true
and what you know your ears
will forever hear
that the melody of the human race
is a song that never ends.
music is sacred.”


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