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Volume 10: Satellite of Love is fortunate to have the work of nine of Santa Barbara's Poets Laureate. Barry Spacks was Santa Barbara Poet Laureate from 2005 to 2007, and his work is featured in Volume 10 by the gracious permission of his family.

Painting of Barry Spacks by Jack Smith


One body, one current, one deepening river,

in languid postures gently together

as sugar works in banana skin,

dark, unspeakably we ripen,

by mute intelligence of flesh

fierce and delicate at once.

If nowhere else but in our thoughts

we live on slowness and apricots,

the lovefruits of the Garden: wings

flared and woolly, primal things,

the small earth blinking blue below.

Each of the Poets Laureate has their own section in Volume 10. Barry's is titled "It Changes" and consists of ten of his poems. To purchase Volume 10, visit out bookstore or amazon. Volume 10 will be in local Santa Barbara bookstores in late February.

“Slowness & Apricots” previously published in Regarding Women: Poems by Barry Spacks, WordTech imprint, © 2004.

Barry was born in Philadelphia in 1931. He taught at MIT from 1960 to 1981, then at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for 32 years. He served as Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara from 2005 to 2007. A recipient of the St. Botolph’s Arts Award, he published eleven poetry collections during his lifetime, including Spacks Street: New and Selected Poems (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982), which won the Commonwealth Club of California’s Poetry Medal. An accomplished artist, fiction writer, librettist, singer-songwriter, and actor, Barry Spacks died in Santa Barbara in 2014 at the age of 82.

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