Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
November 28th, 2015 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 305,693 comments.
Stephen Dobyns - Loud Music

My stepdaughter and I circle round and round.
You see, I like the music loud, the speakers
throbbing, jam-packing the room with sound whether
Bach or rock and roll, the volume cranked up so
each bass notes is like a hand smacking the gut.
But my stepdaughter disagrees. She is four
and likes the music decorous, pitched below
her own voice-that tenuous projection of self.
With music blasting, she feels she disappears,
is lost within the blare, which in fact I like.
But at four what she wants is self-location
and uses her voice as a porpoise uses 
its sonar: to find herself in all this space.
If she had a sort of box with a peephole
and looked inside, what she'd like to see would be
herself standing there in her red pants, jacket,
yellow plastic lunch box: a proper subject
for serious study. But me, if I raised
the same box to my eye, I would wish to find
the ocean on one of those days when wind
and thick cloud make the water gray and restless
as if some creature brooded underneath,
a rocky coast with a road along the shore
where someone like me was walking and has gone.
Loud music does this, it wipes out the ego,
leaving turbulent water and winding road,
a landscape stripped of people and language-
how clear the air becomes, how sharp the colors.

Share |

Added: Feb 20 2003 | Viewed: 1135 times | Comments and analysis of Loud Music by Stephen Dobyns Comments (296)

Loud Music - Comments and Information

Poet: Stephen Dobyns
Poem: Loud Music
Volume: Cemetery Nights
Year: Published/Written in 1988
Poem of the Day: Feb 25 2010

Comment 296 of 296, added on November 28th, 2015 at 1:39 AM.

V1eW2t Thanks a lot for the article.Much thanks again. Keep writing.

fiverr crorkservice from Brunei Darussalam, Negara
Comment 295 of 296, added on November 27th, 2015 at 9:59 PM.

LY9nPG wow, awesome article post.Much thanks again. Will read on

crorkservice from Sudan
Comment 294 of 296, added on November 9th, 2015 at 5:59 PM.

XuwGSW Superb, what a website it is! This weblog provides valuable information

crork from Greece

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Loud Music, has received 296 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Dobyns Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links