Poetry. In ITINERANT MEN various words, phrases, and extended quotations are from Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville—the Penguin edition of 1992.Penetrating further and further into the heart of the Japanese cruising ground, the Pequod was soon all astir in the fishery. Often, in mild, pleasant weather, for twelve, fifteen, eighteen, and twenty hours on the stretch, they were engaged in the boats, steadily pulling, or sailing, or paddling after the whales, or for an interlude of sixty or seventy minutes calmly awaiting their uprising; though with but small success for their pains.At such times, under an abated sun; afloat all day upon smooth, slow heaving swells; seated in his boat, light as a birch canoe; and so sociably mixing with the soft waves themselves, that like hearthstone cats they purr against the gunwale; these are the times of dreamy quietude, when beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember, that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang.
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Deborah Meadows teaches as an Emeritus faculty member in the Liberal Studies department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles' Arts District/Little Tokyo where she serves on the board of LARABA (Los Angeles River Artists' and Business Association). She was nominated Los Angeles Poet Laureate in 2014.Her recent collections of poetry are TRANSLATION: THE BASS ACCOMPANIMENT — SELECTED POEMS (Shearsman Press, 2013), SACCADE PATTERNS (BlazeVOX books, 2011), How, the means (Mindmade Books, 2010), DEPLETED BURDEN DOWN (Factory School, 2009), GOODBYE TISSUES (Shearsman Press, 2009). Other works of poetry include: INVOLUTIA (Shearsman Press, UK, 2007), The Draped Universe (Belladonna Books, 2007), THIN GLOVES (Green Integer, 2006), REPRESENTING ABSENCE (Green Integer, 2004), ITINERANT MEN (Krupskaya, 2004), and two chapbooks, GROWING STILL (Tinfish Press, 2005) and THE 60'S AND 70'S: FROM "THE THEORY OF SUBJECTIVITY IN MOBY-DICK" (Tinfish Press, 2003). Check out her author pages at the Electroni c Poetry Center and at the Poetry Foundation.Author City: Los Angeles, CA USA