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Dawn and Dusk
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  • Artist: Jane P Perry
  • Title: Dawn and Dusk
  • Genre: Sound Poem
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 3:33 minutes (4.87 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)


Tucked in the middle of Southern France, with the Pyrenees rimming the horizon on a clear day, is Durban.  We enter from the West.  Thank God we had a GPS, because even with our Michelin map, this is remote country side.  We are wrapped in that iconic patchwork of many-hued, squared-off, rolling crop fields marked by lines of trees and shrubs.  We are not looking at the hillsides anymore.  We are in them.  The sunflowers in September fill the car windows.  Heavy with dark seeds, they bow all as one.

“In 300 yards, turn right,” we are coached in English.

“Yeah, right,” I say in return.  “Like after this field of corn, you mean?”

Yes, it turns out.  On a one lane road, which takes us up and around a farm house with geese flecking an embankment and past a cross marking an intersection.  Only this time the intersection appears to be footpath along a ridge.  Down a hillside to our right is a small, shaded quarry where lambs rest, looking like the stones around them. In the sound poem Dawn and Dusk you hear Durban’s quiet peace.