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97 Degrees, Old Mesilla, NM

by Jari Thymian


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Jari Thymian’s poetry has appeared in various publications including tinywords, A Hundred Gourds, The Pedestal, Prune Juice, Ekphrasis, FRiGG and American Tanka. She and her husband lead a very simplified lifestyle in a 32-foot RV and volunteer year-round in state and national parks across the US.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “97 Degrees, Old Mesilla, NM”?

For years, I carried a childhood misconception that beethoven meant beet garden. When I discovered the Armenian meaning of hoven, I felt like the piece was complete. Writing this triptych felt like juggling information from many directions: my piano lessons, my love of North American deserts, history, myth, science, Beethoven sonatas in my fingers, visiting Beethoven’s houses in Vienna, my childhood deafness in my left ear, etc. To follow my curiosity and memories in wild patterns felt like an adrenaline rush.

News

Congrats to Christopher Allen for having a work from HOUSEHOLD TOXINS being chosen to appear in BSF 2019 from Sonder Press.

Check out the write-up of the journal in The Writer.

Submissions

Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions is now CLOSED. Check out our new category triptychs! The next submission period opens September 15, 2019; submit here.

Upcoming

09/05 • Richard Baldasty (1 of 4)
09/07 • Briel Felton
09/09 • Chelsea Stickle
09/11 • Jeffrey Spahr-Summers
09/12 • Richard Baldasty (2 of 4)
09/14 • Frances Badgett
09/16 • Sarah Russell
09/18 • Ryan Stone
09/19 • Richard Baldasty (3 of 4)
09/23 • TBD
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09/26 • Richard Baldasty (4 of 4)
09/30 • TBD
10/02 • TBD
10/03 • J.I. Kleinberg
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10/10 • Lilian McCarthy
12/02 • Tara Campbell