The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, Episode 211: Rhett MillerYou can find us online at www.thegbbpodcast.com! You can listen on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher, and YouTube; you can follow the RSS feed; or you can listen right here!
This week, we’re talking children’s poetry through the lens of rock and roll, baby! We welcome Rhett Miller, lead singer of the Old 97s, to the show to talk about his new book of, yep, children’s poetry! As if he weren’t busy enough with a solo album out a few months ago (The Messenger), a brand-new podcast (Wheel’s Off), and constantly touring (solo and with the Old 97s), his new book of kid’s poetry—No More Poems!—is due out March 5. The poems themselves are hilarious; I won’t lie. But the art is also by the incomparable Dan Santat, which elevates this book to another level entirely. If you’re a fan of dark, twisted humor in the vein of Shel Silverstein, there’s a LOT to love here. So many of the poems had us literally laughing out loud. On this episode, we talk about Miller’s path from the proverbial “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” to children’s poetry, fart jokes and dark humor, whether songwriting is a form of poetry, hooking up with Dan Santat for No More Poems!, and fatherhood. He also reads us one of the poems from the book—one of the BEST poems—“Brotherly Love.”