Royalties earned

The lyrics for Sheryl Crow’s “All I Wanna Do” were adapted from a poem from a poetry book her producer found in a used bookstore. The book only had an initial print run of 500 copies, but the song paved the way for multiple reprints and earned its author Wyn Cooper substantial royalties.

Cooper’s poems, stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Poetry, Orion, AGNI, Crazyhorse, and Ploughshares and are included in 25 anthologies of contemporary poetry.