Poetry. SACCADE PATTERNS explores vision, the erotic gaze, and social discernment. The book opens with a shuffled text that dismantles melodrama by inscribing primate capacity for abstract thought. There's even a list of possible names for a pet cricket that follows a mathematic iteration. The poems seem to ask how an ekphrastic poem based on the story of Tristan und Isolde illumines the oldest gaze of love and eros. "Highways out to desert proving grounds" lead to technologically-enhanced vision, failures in our "dynastic speed-up."
About the Author
Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1956, Deborah Meadows's family were ironworkers. She now lives in the Arts District/Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles with Howard Stover and teaches in the Liberal Studies department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her books include SACCADE PATTERNS, DEPLETED BURDEN DOWN, GOODBYE TISSUES, INVOLUTIA, THIN GLOVES, GROWING STILL, ITINERANT MEN, REPRESENTING ABSENCE, and THE 6O'S AND 70'S: FROM "THE THEORY OF SUBJECTIVITY IN MOBY-DICK."