Listener Challenge: Odes to Idols
Listeners On Air
Friday, May 04, 2012
Inspired by Smith’s work, we want your poem about the star who captured your imagination — as a teenager or now.
Tracy K. Smith will be back next week to announce the winner of our challenge.
Featured on this week’s show:
Vikki Warner — Providence, RI
Lying on a pull-out couch in Lisa Murphy's basement
The credits rolling heavenward, my adolescent tears falling,
"The Song Remains the Same" became an indoctrination.
Robert Plant was the handsome strutter
But Jimmy Page, the skinny, heavy-lidded mystery
Who wore his satin dragon pants too high
And his Gibson defiantly low
Treated me to my first taste of psychedelia.
Nervy, fuzzy, scorching, clean, nasty, precise,
He fled no musical influence. He corralled them.
Observing his fast world, I felt painfully innocent.
Lisa was sneaking out to make out with boys. I lagged.
An "unauthorized" Zeppelin biography (hidden under a pile of schoolbooks)
Widened my eyes. This was crazy. Thinking of him as a real person, or
Picturing him naked, was not where I reveled.
Rather, I wanted to live inside his guitar,
A sprite who would sweeten his sound
And twinkle drowsily in the air around him.
Each song forged a playworld of foreignness; the specter
Of my very youth unfurled before me.
Vikki reads her poem:
The Song Remains the SameArtist: Led ZeppelinAlbum: Houses of the HolyLabel: AtlanticPurchase: Amazon