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Read the poem.
Melody for Saxophone
Man it was a dead-air day—
the soundproof sky pressing its gray padding onto my head
the bare silver trees were flutes no one's fingers played
and I remembered it was the shortest day of the year.
I muted my brain through an echoless tunnel—
Then the hill crest launched a sky tune
On the ridge a whiskered saxophone man in a cloud-black coat
tossed bebop notes, rang the bell of his gold horn—
they swirled kicked curled poured
like steam breaking free
like time looping loops—
I rose spinning among them
shedding pink blue orange gold
sparks like a Roman candle
and sound-painted all the land
the silver trees tootled counterpoint
the hills streamed chorus after chorus
the old man nodded lipped tongued spit
grin cracking the airwaves
I was the tune.
How does the symbolic description of music affect the poem's meaning?
- It implies that the saxophone player is an angelic being sent to heal the speaker's spirit.
- It suggests that the speaker does not literally hear the music, but only imagines it.
- It expresses the speaker's discovery of joy in what he had thought was a dismal universe.
- It shows that the sky, music, and human beings are basically one and the same.
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