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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.


“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

R.S. Deese grew up in Claremont, California. He currently teaches History at Boston University and is the author of We Are Amphibians: Julian and Aldous Huxley on the Future of Our Species (University of California Press, 2014). His poetry has been published in AGNI, Berkeley Poetry Review, MungBeing, The New Formalist, Poetry Motel, and The Quarterly