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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.

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