Stephen Dobyns


Stephen Dobyns Poems

1. Yellow Beak 6/18/2015
2. The Street 9/30/2015
3. Over a Cup of Coffee -new- 8/27/2016
4. It's Like This -new- 8/27/2016
5. Lost -new- 8/27/2016
6. Pursuit -new- 8/27/2016
7. Waking -new- 8/27/2016
8. Where We Are -new- 8/27/2016
9. Why Fool Around? -new- 8/27/2016
10. Thus He Endured -new- 8/27/2016
11. Thelonious Monk -new- 8/27/2016
12. The Invitations Overhead -new- 8/27/2016
13. Cezanne and the Love of Color -new- 8/27/2016
14. Cecil -new- 8/27/2016
15. Sun Gazers -new- 8/27/2016
16. Cezanne's Seclusion -new- 8/27/2016
17. Grief -new- 8/27/2016
18. Cezanne's Success -new- 8/27/2016
19. The Birth Of Angels -new- 8/27/2016
20. Do They Have A Reason? -new- 8/27/2016
21. The Last Take-Out Supper -new- 8/27/2016
22. SANTIAGO: FIVE MEN IN THE STREET: NUMBER ONE -new- 8/27/2016
23. Pablo Neruda -new- 8/27/2016
24. At the Ocean He Studied the Waves -new- 8/27/2016
25. Sometimes Confusion Was Veil -new- 8/27/2016
26. The Clouds Above the Mountains -new- 8/27/2016
27. The New Austerity -new- 8/27/2016
28. Visitor -new- 8/27/2016
29. Consolations of Water -new- 8/27/2016
30. The Body's Joy -new- 8/27/2016
31. Song of Basic Necessities -new- 8/27/2016
32. Can Poetry Matter? -new- 8/27/2016
33. How To Like It -new- 8/27/2016
34. Oh, Immobility, Death -new- 8/27/2016
35. No Map -new- 8/27/2016
36. Freight Cars -new- 8/27/2016
37. Cemetery Nights -new- 8/27/2016
38. Tomatoes -new- 8/27/2016
39. The Delicate, Plummeting Bodies -new- 8/27/2016
40. Loud Music 1/13/2003
Best Poem of 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...

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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,

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