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Charles Wyrick stages a cock fight between Elizabeth Bishop and Ludacris

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In a new mix, Lucky Dog Audio's Charles Wyrick pairs Elizabeth Bishop reading her poem "Rooster" (“At four o’clock / in the gun-metal blue dark / we hear the first crow of the first cock") with Ludacris' "Money Maker" ("let me give you some swimming lessons on the penis / Backstroke, breast stroke, stroke of a genius"). And it works! Later, Edna St. Vincent Millay is revealed as the Red Hot Chilli Pepper's long lost muse and, with a bit of rejiggering, Louise Bogan and Sinead O'Connor sound perfectly desolate together.

It's the third in Wyricks' mixes-inspired-by-books series, which, with apologies to the Daily Baz, is the best single-topic blog series going in these parts. This one draws inspiration from Nicholson Baker's "The Anthologist," a novel mostly about a man obsessed with poetry. All the songs and poems in the mix appear in the book.

Make sure you check out Wyrick's previous mixes, on John Wray's "Lowboy" and Colson Whitehead's "Sag Harbor."

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