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The poems in Surf Music are all pretty short, and some of them are funny. Their subjects include being at the beach, believing people, believing things, losing people, encounters with plants & animals large and small, rain, machines, rocks, and sunlight.

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Surf Music by R.S. Deese

ISBN-10: 1938349377

ISBN-13: 978-1-938349-37-9

eISBN: 978-1-938349-58-4

Library of Congress Control Number: 2016953678

Copyright © 2017 R.S. Deese

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit

Cover artwork:

Aphros by Rupert Deese

Image size: 16 1/4″ x 9 1/2″

Paper size: 27 1/2″ x 19 1/2″

Medium: Drypoint

Paper: Magnani Acquerello, 300 lb. Hot Press

Collaborating Master Printer: Jonathan Higgins

Layout and Book Design by Mark Givens

Author photo by Mariann Murray

First Pelekinesis Printing 2017

For information:

Pelekinesis, 112 Harvard Ave #65, Claremont, CA 91711 USA

For Isadora

Deese’s well-titled book is the work of an athletic, adaptable mind and an enterprising, distinctive listener.

—Robert Pinsky

"Surf Music is a cascade of observation and pleasure in the witnessing, offering us pleasure in these adept short-line free verse poems."

—David Ferry

"Wade into Surf Music. You’ll relish every incoming wave—from choppy epigrams that bite and tickle to dazzling breakers that slap and console. Like the surf, Deese’s poems roil with life and speak in a mesmerizing voice."

—Robert Wexelblatt, author of Zublinka Among Women and Heiberg’s Twitch

United States

At the time when radio was in its infancy, experimentalists midway in the United States summoned their friends to hear the Atlantic waves and the Pacific surf simultaneously.

The Glasgow Herald

January 26th, 1924


ecstatic intercourse

of the sound of water

channeled with the sound

of water:

surf music

broken sometimes

by the high

& haywire

ringing of the spheres.

Now the shore

is everywhere

and we can hear

a jovial spark

mimic in the circuitry

this resounding


as it tumbles in the dark.

Two Snails

for R.J.D.

This morning I am half asleep

Water falling everywhere

Pooling in the gutter pipe

Snaking backwards to the shore

Remembering a pair of snails

Yesterday out in the