Taylor Swift’s most candid work to date extends off the speakers and onto the page.
The “Reputation” singer penned two poems, published in the two accompanying magazines available for purchase with physical copies of her album on Friday, that more deeply explore some of the themes of the record — from deteriorating trust in love life and friendships, to isolation, as well as the self-perceived “death” of her own reputation.
“When she crashed, her clothes disintegrated and blew away/ with the winds that took all of her fair-weather friends,” the 27-year-old artist writes on “Why She Disappeared.” “When she looked around, her skin was spattered with ink/ forming the words of a thousand voices/ Echoes she heard even in her sleep: ‘Whatever you say, it is not right.’/ ‘Whatever you do, it is not enough.’/ ‘Your kindness is fake.’/ ‘Your pain is manipulative.'”
Read the entire poem below.
The other poem, “If You’re Anything Like Me,” uses that titular refrain to expand on her insecurities, fears and regrets, hoping to inspire fans who feel the same way to pull through.
“If you’re anything like me, I’m sorry,” the poem resolves. “But darling, it’s going to be OK.”
This one is also better taken unabridged, so check it out below:
While Swift has always had a penchant for crafting narratives of her experiences, the increased focus on raw honesty and vulnerability is where her new album shines brightest, and is likely why, on the day of its release, is already enjoying critical praise that resonates even beyond the “Swiftie circles” who remain loyal to the star. For a full exploration of “Reputation”, read ET’s review here.
Meanwhile, before “Reputation” was released, lucky fans were fortunate enough to hear the record at secret listening parties.
Watch the video below for what it was like to be in attendance at one of those events.
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