Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Anstee, Hogg, Folsom, Morton, Praamsma, Best etc at Kingston, Ontario's Artfest, July 1-3, 2016

above/ground press authors Cameron Anstee, Robert Hogg, Eric Folsom, Colin Morton, Wanda Praamsma and Ashley-Elizabeth Best, among a mound of others, perform as part of "Poets at Artfest II" at Kingston, Ontario's Artfest, from July 1 to 3, 2016. For more information, check out the Facebook event page, here.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

new from above/ground press: NEW LIFE, by Stephen Collis

NEW LIFE
Stephen Collis
$4

Fearful Symmetry


It’s the
fiercer ones
cub scout and
binocular girl
crow in a yard
all hooligan smoke
no clam shell peeps
gets it done in
piece by piece
algebra of
look I got up
again today
heart torn by
all the hooks in it
weights dangle from
leaders on
lines running deep
in dark seas
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
June 2016
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Stephen Collis
is the author or editor of over a dozen books, the most recent of which, Once in Blockadia (Talon Books, September 2016), is a poetic documentary of climate justice activism as well as a rethinking of the long landscape poem for the Anthropocene. He lives in Tsawwassen BC, on unceded Coast Salish Territory.

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; outside Canada, add $2) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9 or paypal at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

lunch poets: Hogg, Anstee, Whiteman + Flowers,

Yesterday afternoon, a variety of poets descended upon our house for a lunch that turned into nearly five hours of lunch, conversation, gossip and wine: Bruce Whiteman, Robert Hogg [see information on his most recent above/ground press title here], Cameron Anstee [see information on his most recent above/ground press title here] and Neil Flowers.

Neil (also known as Neil Whiteman, brother of Bruce) was coming through town to pick up copies of his new above/ground press chapbook (watch for an announcement for such later this month), and thought it might be an opportunity for old and new friends to enjoy some time together. For those unaware, Neil Flowers had been a student of Robert Hogg's at Carleton University, and transcribed and edited the public poetry reading that effectively became the anthology Northern Comfort (Ottawa, ON: Commoners’ Press, 1973) [see my recent interview with him on the project here] before leaving town for a lengthy career in film in Los Angeles.

We had many drinks and much conversation. Bruce, whom I haven't actually seen since 1995 (a year after meeting him), has since relocated to Los Angeles and Ohio before finally returning to Toronto. Hogg, on the other hand, I discovered, might be one of the very few that attended both the 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference as well as the 1965 Berkeley Conference. We spoke of Robert Duncan and Charles Olson, of Ken Norris, Judith Fitzgerald, Raymond Souster and Stan Rogal, and other poetry odds and sundries, and even went through an old photo album that Hogg had thought to bring along (he regaled us with numerous stories throughout). We'd hoped to be able to include William Hawkins as part of the gathering as well, but he wasn't up for a visit this time around.

We, of course, thank Christine McNair's generous patience throughout the day, as she corralled our young ladies. Rose would float through occasionally, seeking strawberries, and Aoife sat with us now and then, barely saying a word.

Monday, June 20, 2016

new from above/ground press: Partial List of Things I’m Responsible For, by Lesley Yalen

Partial List of Things I’m Responsible For
Lesley Yalen
$4


For the birth of my children

For the way they came out

The way they came screaming out

For the moment of conception

The state of the world at that moment

The violence of the world

The way it came screaming

Writhing, horrifying itself

I am responsible for my own birth

The way I curled up against change

Offended by light

The way I changed and changed

But ached and arched

For protection and received it

Until life crashed my face

Lungs heaving

Mouth taking over for tube

Intestines ready to make waste
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
June 2016
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Lesley Yalen’s
poetry collection The Hearts of Vikings was published by Natural History Press in 2015. She is also the author of two chapbooks, This Elizabeth and The Beginning In. She lives in Western Massachusetts and works at the Yiddish Book Center.

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; outside Canada, add $2) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9 or paypal at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Sunday, June 19, 2016

backlist #22: mclennan, Fiorentino, Fuhr, Ottawa's Poets 94 + curry,

Given the above/ground press archive is together for the first time, I've been digging through boxes and discovering titles I thought either completely out-of-print or very close. It was suggested to me that perhaps I should start offering various titles to the public, simply to see what might appeal (scroll down here to see the list to date). To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; outside Canada, add $2) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9 or paypal at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com:

151. Night on Earth, by rob mclennan
$20 each / 10 copies available

originally published in an edition of 480 copies, September 1993

152. Poetic Stream Three, by Jon Paul Fiorentino
$10 each / 13 copies available

originally published in an edition of 200 copies, February 2001

153. accident: a chain reaction, by Laurie Fuhr
$10 each / 6 copies available

originally published in an edition of 200 copies, November 1999

154. Ottawa’s Poets 94, by James Spyker and rob mclennan
$10 each / 6 copies available

produced anonymously and slipped into bookstores. seal-wrapped, with blank pages.
unknown print run, 1994

155. 5 or 4 poems, by jwcurry
$10 each / 8 copies available

originally published in an edition of 150 copies, March 1998