|Issue 5:||October 2020|
Shadow walks ahead I’m always chasing rainbows double arced as if it had rained here as if the clocks had never stopped saluting time passing through yesterday only a rumor tomorrow the train that never arrives whistling a Rock Island tune in the dripping dark my brother rolls beside me into sleep from the north room Grandma snores in German pancakes and Log Cabin syrup is what the sun smells like rising afternoon the sugar cookies bloom into the tick-tock mantelpiece warning whispers of impending chalkboard doom Miss Buttenhof babbling away signs and cosigns fractioning like burst cloud streamers blues greens magentas this day that day the next it never rains here anymore shadow floats ahead a mirage I thirst from this cross of streets unfamiliar now as always all too soon I’ll catch up taste what only shadow knows the world beneath my feet but this one violet-scented day the sky double arced like eyes in wrinkled skin leaks memory and shadow sizzling dances on
is the author of two books: The Aerialist Will Not Be Performing, ekphrastic poems and short fictions after the art of Steven Schroeder (Turning Plow Press, 2020), and a poetry collection, At the Lake with Heisenberg (Spartan Press, November 2018). Nominated for a Pushcart in 2019 and multiple times for Best of the Net, his work has appeared in Chiron Review; Flint Hills Review; Heartland! Poetry of Love, Resistance & Solidarity; I-70 Review; Illya’s Honey; KYSO Flash; MacQueen’s Quinterly; Red River Review; River City Poetry; Shot Glass; The Ekphrastic Review; and the Wichita Broadside Project.
Dean is event coordinator for Epistrophy: An Afternoon of Poetry and Improvised Music, held annually in Wichita, Kansas. He has been a professional musician, having played bass for, among others, Jesse Lopez, B. W. Stephenson, Bo Didley, The Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and the house band for the Fairmount Hotel Venetian Room. He grew up in Topeka and Wichita, Kansas before spending 30 years between Los Angeles and Dallas, where he worked at The Dallas Morning News. He now lives in Augusta, Kansas (population 9,389), where it has taken him a decade to finally adjust to the BNSF rumbling through every hour of every night.
⚡ Hopper and Dean: Interview and poems in River City Poetry (Fall 2017).
⚡ Metal Man, ekphrastic poem inspired by a 1955 photograph of Dean’s paternal grandfather in the Boeing machine shop; published in The Ekphrastic Review (28 July 2018) and nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
⚡ Windmill, ekphrastic poem inspired by Dean’s maternal grandfather; published in KYSO Flash (Issue 11, Spring 2019) and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. This poem is among half-a-dozen of Dean’s ekphrastic works published in KYSO Flash (Issues 11 and 12).
⚡ Llama, 1957, ekphrastic haibun inspired by Inge Morath’s photograph A Llama in Times Square; published in The Ekphrastic Review (13 January 2018).
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