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Deborah Meadows

Updated: Aug 21, 2023

Deborah Meadows grew up in Buffalo, NY. After graduating from SUNY, Buffalo in Philosophy and English, she moved to California where she taught for many years. She is an Emerita faculty member at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, lives with her husband in Los Angeles’ Arts District/Little Tokyo, and has published over a dozen books of poetry most recently Neo-bedrooms (Shearsman), Lecture Notes, a duration poem in twelve parts (BlazeVOX [books]), and The Demotion of Pluto: Poems and Plays (BlazeVOX [books]). The first portion of Bumblebees is an e-chap published by BlazeVox, Spring 2022, with illustrations by Geoffrey Gatza

 

Spring Lines


Configure me near lenticular attraction


more of it, response to beatings, carved keep,

scrapped out hulk made a name for itself,


satellite mapped snow depth, prelude


envelope—climbing vine Persephone turn:


it all comes


up, not every accumulation in the novel of experience


bends toward change (maturity, deterioration, etc.) in our


protagonist. But, in the right hands, our reader morphs,


ambiguity as the underlying condition of love,


representation always falling short of rain itself,


sampled worlds and selves mere museum pieces


or poems, not commercially prepared slides


for narrow hallways. In each others’ arms,


came into acceleration at lift-off, an idea


of futurity off to the side, treasure dusted


off to present in a fair light, hospital time


drive at dawn along flood control channel,


circulating coin of fluid dynamics,


supply towns congregated toward


tower, at-grade rail, power stanchions


stitched a topographic contour, chalk lines


snapped briskly: we have our guide to


the stairs, to the stars, dirt and ditches


corrugated toward power, skimming


scam, billing fraud, sold from car trunk,


ambition for two hours at a time, line up


line down, storm torn, three bags full,


four fortunates flee: ah, frugal again


illegally occupying space, so-called,


test strip of property, unlisted, in play:


artist’s acquisition, section map,


fallen tree milled to potential use, yes,


we belong here, sort of, oil our body,


of flirt and estate, acrostic vertical


long-stem iris, gravity of mother,


shadowed


bodies


film shoot wrapped the block, truant


ordered to live with grandparents named


gaffer and coil, put away, up at night.


 



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