Friday, October 18, 2019

new from above/ground press: Furigraphic Horizons, by Hawad, trans. Jake Syersak

Furigraphic Horizons
by Hawad
translated from the French by Jake Syersak
$5

The Haulers of the Horizon


I hear the ember
incubating the names
of shooting stars
And I demand from the cricket
once again
that it strip nude the night
any night
that would not deliver a dawn
suspended from the droplet
blood ink bile
tear of my brothers
sweat condensed
in the interstices of my quill
Quill rifle
leveled point-blank
against the temple of oblivion
Quill stinger
frothing and vomiting up rumors
swarms and abrasions
memory
isles and reptiles
insect letters
Tifinagh
crawling with fury
over the deserts and the stars ahead
already laughter and grimaces
lines peopling our faces
as haulers of the horizons

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
October 2019
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Hawad
is a visual artist and poet originally from the Aïr region in the central Sahara. He composes his work in his native Tuareg tongue of Tamazight, in Tifinagh script, which is then co-translated into French with his wife, Tuareg scholar Hélène Claudot-Hawad. Hawad’s work is unique for its deployment of what he has coined “Furigraphy” (a therapeutic poetics involving the frenetic repetition of words, gestures, sounds, and images to evoke a vertiginous and obsessional rhythmic trance), a means by which he achieves “Surnomadism” (a nod to both Surrealism and the nomadic heritage of the Tuareg people). Surnomadism, according to Hawad, is a literary transcendence of the self to encompass ubiquity and escape the superficial physical and mental constraints of time and space, to investigate the breach between the inner and outer self, the self and others, and the past, present, and future. Common themes of his poetry include anti-colonial resistance, Anarchism, exile, nomadism, and the prolongation of Tuareg heritage. Hawad is the author of multiple books of poetry, including Furigraphie: Poésies 1985 – 2015, from which the poems in this book are taken.

Jake Syersak is the author of Mantic Compost (Trembling Pillow Press, 2020) and Yield Architecture (Burnside Review Press, 2018). Two of his full-length translations of Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine’s work are forthcoming in the coming year: the poetry collection Proximal Morocco— and the hybrid novel Agadir, co-translated with Pierre Joris. He edits Cloud Rodeo, an online poetry journal, and co-edits the micro-press Radioactive Cloud.

This is Syersak’s second above/ground press chapbook, after These Ghosts / This Compost : An Aubadeclogue (2017).

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; in US, add $2; outside North America, add $5) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9. E-transfer or PayPal at at rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

new from above/ground press: Five Mothers, by N.W. Lea

Five Mothers
N.W. Lea
$5

Five Mothers


1.

Distinctions: she hates every one.
A fate worse than life.
A fate-worm, then laugh.


2.

I wandered under mammoth trees,
under a super moon. To me, though,
it was just a supper moon.


3.

O, how I love supper,
with its numbing little kisses.


4.

Nothing heals...
not even the drunk of a bath.


5.

Contained
and venerated, this
private hell.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
October 2019
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

N.W. Lea
is the author of two collections of poetry, Everything is Movies (Chaudiere, 2007) and Understander (Chaudiere, 2015) which was a finalist for the Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry; as well as a number of chapbooks, including more recently, Nervous System (above/ground, 2018). He currently makes his home in Whitehorse, Yukon with his parter and their baby girl.

This is Lea’s fourth above/ground press chapbook, after light years (2006), Present! (2014) and Nervous System (2018).

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; in US, add $2; outside North America, add $5) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9. E-transfer or PayPal at at rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Monday, October 14, 2019

above/ground press at IFOA's Small Press Market + Small Press, Big Ideas: A Roundtable, Saturday, October 26, 2019

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 12 - 5pm
Special Event: 40th Festival Edition | Festivals | Free Events
West Bays, Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: Free


Join us for an afternoon in celebration of the small press and its roots as a driver for creative exchange! As part of the 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Festival of Authors, the Small Press Market will feature twelve of Canada’s most prominent independent presses:

above/ground press,

Augur Magazine,

Baseline Press,

Coven Editions,

Gap Riot Press,

Invisible,

NoirZ,

Proper Tales Press,

serif of nottingham editions


and Simulacrum Press.

Explore their collections of chapbooks, zines and more, to uncover the big ideas created by these small shops. Admission is free and registration not required.

FOLLOWED BY Small Press, Big Ideas: A Roundtable
Panel Discussion, Q & A: 40th Festival Edition | Festivals
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $18


Join us for a special presentation in celebration of the small press. We’ll learn about the strengths and challenges of the small press by hearing from some key members of the community, and exploring the roots of the chapbook and the zine as objects of creative exchange. Featuring rob mclennan, Stuart Ross, Dani Spinosa and Terese Mason Pierre. Event co-curated and moderated by Kate Siklosi, author and co-founding editor of Gap Riot Press.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

new from above/ground press: Tomorrow, adagio, poems inspired by the work of Mihai Eminescu, by Simina Banu (item #1000

Tomorrow, adagio
poems inspired by the work of Mihai Eminescu
Simina Banu
$5



Un singur dor

I have a singer’s door.
Afloat, let me be
moored in margarine.
I mean, on the edge

of the sea. This one:
Cer senin. Relax,
I knitted a bed
from young branches.

Ten thousand
trees fall
in my throat:
do they make

or break?
Simon Cowell
covers his ears
at the thought of my heart.


I know we all groan
when the sea sings.
I will be earth
in my solitude.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
as above/ground press' 1000th publication
October 2019
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy


cover illustration and design by the author

Simina Banu enjoys investigating the way meaning falls into the crevices—between people and across languages. She’s propelled by a fascination with pop music, consumerism and advertising. Her poetry has appeared in magazines including The Feathertale Review, untethered and In/Words. POP—her first full length collection of poetry—is forthcoming with Coach House Books. She lives in Montreal.

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; in US, add $2; outside North America, add $5) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9. E-transfer or PayPal at at rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Friday, October 4, 2019

new from above/ground press: I Have Not Led a Serious Life, by Lydia Unsworth

I Have Not Led a Serious Life
Lydia Unsworth
$5


You Cant See a Thing Until You Know a Thing

I want to say the names of certain landmasses of which Ive forgotten the contents, and even in some cases the cobwebs that hung low from low-hung hotel halls. I want to say Rann of Kutch but I’m lucky if I can remember the vowel sounds. I want to say Scandal Point but all I can muster are a pad of skulking monkeys and some leaves between my jaws. I can’t remember what any of it means. Someone said Rann of Kutch earlier on TV and I tuned in and I saw it: Yes, donkey. Yes, smudged blue wall. Pastel poverty, precisely the way we like to recall it. I want to say Ive been. Someone asked what we were doing, once. Called us out. Derogatorily asked if we were just going around and taking photos of things. I thought we were. I thought that was okay. It was, I thought. Sixteen kilos of belief. People dont explain, they just reel off bits of lists of what they think they ought to want you to believe. If I want anything for the rest, I want to be an explainer. Regardless of my expertise.


published in Ottawa by above/ground press
October 2019
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Lydia Unsworth
is the author of two collections of poetry: Certain Manoeuvres (Knives Forks & Spoons, 2018) and Nostalgia for Bodies (Winner, 2018 Erbacce Poetry Prize), and one previous chapbook, My Body in a Country (Ghost City Press). Recent work can be found in Ambit, Litro, para.text, Tears in the Fence, Banshee, Ink Sweat and Tears, Train and others. Manchester / Amsterdam. Twitter @lydiowanie.

Cover image: Stuart Buck, "Still Life #4"

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; in US, add $2; outside North America, add $5) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9. E-transfer or PayPal at at rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com