Steve Gehrke poetr y "When I was fourteen, I started hearing scraps of music in the air. Little meaningless fragments: commercial jingles, the refrains of popular songs repeated endlessly. Driving with my mother once, I heard `We Are the World' playing faintly on the radio, but when I reached to turn the dial up, the radio clicked on beneath my fingertips. I guess I could have told my mother what was happening, and maybe she would have driven me to the hospital right then, found me some specialist or psychologist or maybe just told me that it was no big deal, that it would go away eventually. But I didn't say anything. Instead, I locked away that bit of information about myself in the same place where I've locked away so many other fragments of myself. I don't mean to pathologize myself or to suggest that I'm any more or less disturbed than anybody else. What I mean to suggest is that one thing poetry can do is turn the most secret self into a kind of muse, or at least open a space where strangenesses and darknesses can be admitted to, examined and maybe even reintegrated into
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: May 3, 2012
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