Jason Isbell’s Something More than Free

Poetry is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language—such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning. This is the wikipedia definition of poetry. I would argue that all poets are song writers. But not all songwriters are poets. Jason Isbell is a poet. I’ll admit I was worried about his new album. How do you follow up a work like Southeastern with its tight writing and subject matter? A work that opened up his life…