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Surf Music
Surf Music
Surf Music
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Surf Music

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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.

Release dateFeb 7, 2017
Surf Music
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R.S. Deese

R. S. Deese teaches history at Boston University. His work has been published in AGNI, Endeavour, Aldous Huxley Annual, MungBeing, and Berkeley Poetry Review.

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    Surf Music - R.S. Deese

    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 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/.

    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

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    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

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