Jagjaguwar Shares Unreleased David Berman Poem

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David Berman, photo by Cassie Berman and courtesy of <a href="https://www.dragcity.com/">Drag City</a>
David Berman, photograph by Cassie Berman and courtesy of Drag City

Jagjaguwar has shared a beforehand unreleased piece of writing by David Berman in reminiscence of the singer-songwriter and poet, who died yesterday (August 7) on the age of 52. According to a note on the label’s web site, Berman and Jagjaguwar founder Darius Van Arman grew to become buddies after they have been each dwelling in Charlottesville, Virginia within the mid-1990s.

“So when it came time to pen a longform biography for Jagjaguwar [in 2016], it only made sense to reach out to one of our greatest writers for a sentence or two on those early days,” the notice reads. “David said he would be happy to write up a little memory, but then some weeks passed as we would delicately nag for our quotes. Then, one day this arrives, a story/poem gem just for us. It’s been passed around this office again and again. And yesterday, we read it again with tears rolling out our eyes.”

In the piece, which Jagjaguwar calls a “story/poem,” Berman writes about Virginia, school radio, Darius Van Arman, and a 1995 school soccer game between Florida State and the University of Virginia. The piece ends:

i’m not certified to say, however i theorize that jagjaguwar is a plant and never an animal.
From there we will rule out grasses, flowers, and weeds since they’ve such quick lifespans.
Tonight I consider Jagjaguwar is a tree.

Read Berman’s full piece at the Jagjaguwar website. Watch highlights from the school soccer game beneath.