Friday, January 8, 2021

new from above/ground press: Geometric Mantra, by Andrew Brenza


Geometric Mantra
Andrew Brenza
$5


published in Ottawa by above/ground press
January 2021
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Andrew Brenza’s
recent chapbooks include Poems in C (Viktlösheten Press), Bitter Almonds & Mown Grass (Shirt Pocket Press), and Waterlight (Simulacrum Press). He is also the author of four full-length collections of visual poetry, Automatic Souls (Timglaset), Alphabeticon & Other Poems (Redfoxpress), Gossamer Lid (Trembling Pillow Press) and Album, in Concrete (Alien Buddha Press).

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 rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com


Thursday, January 7, 2021

Bryce Warnes reviews Dennis Cooley's i see i said (2020) at The Pamphleteer


Bryce Warnes was good enough to provide a first review for Dennis Cooley's i see i said (2020) over at his brand-new site, The Pamphleteer. Thanks so much! You can see his original review here. As he writes:

Dennis Cooley | above/ground press | Ottawa, 2020

Staple bound, 20 pages | Purchase


Keep your eye on the ball—changeups abound: Between you and I, sight and sound, left field experiments and lyrical crowd pleasers. Centrepiece “take me out to the ball game” prosily puns upon a dugout lexicon—”I’m a bit wild on the mound, it’s true,” admits the speaker—to deliver an ars knuckleball. Elsewhere, the titular poem belongs to a suite of stuttering dialogues, woven throughout, that unstitch subjectivity. And the playful “chimera” picks apart our urge “to say what we would / say if we knew / what we thought / or what we thought / we could say / to one another.” Who’s on first?

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

new from above/ground press: The Universe in an Earth-Shaped Urn, by Amish Trivedi


The Universe in an Earth-Shaped Urn
Amish Trivedi
$5


There is a moon in the window and it’s burning even if we can’t see it. When it was overcast before, there was an indelicateness. What was meant has never mattered— what we call ourselves, how defined the boundaries of the self, matters more to everyone I am not. But do not generalize: maybe there is a me I have never seen because there is nothing anyways.

 

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
January 2021
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Amish Trivedi
wrote Sound/Chest (Coven 2015) and Your Relationship to Motion Has Changed (Shearsman 2019). He has an MFA and PhD and lives in Maryland.

This is Trivedi’s third above/ground press chapbook, after The Destructions (2015) and What We Remembered Before the Fire (2018). A fourth is forthcoming.

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 rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

parentheses zoom reading : Jan 13/21 : Pattie McCarthy, rob mclennan, Christine McNair + Kevin Varrone,

Please join us at parentheses for a celebration of our fourth issue, with readings by rob mclennan, Christine McNair, Kevin Varrone & Pattie McCarthy.

When: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 3pm EST

parentheses: A Barcelona-based magazine of poetry and fiction. To obtain copies of issues 1, 2, 3, or 4, please email us at parenthesesbcn@gmail.com

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Michael Dennis (September 1, 1956-December 31, 2020)


Ottawa poet Michael Dennis has died [see my obituary for him, here]. above/ground press was fortunate enough to publish three chapbooks by Michael over the years, including the on-going dilemma of small change (1995) and what we pass over in silence (1996), as well as the more recent The President of the United States (2019). He also had work appearing in above/ground's second publication, the FREE VERSE anthology (July 9, 1993), as well as in: TEN (August 28, 2003), a chapbook anthology produced for a reading celebrating the press' tenth anniversary; in STANZAS #4 (October 1994); and a WHIPlash 2 Reader (June 1997) for the second annual WHIPlash poetry festival. He was a great friend to writing and to poetry, as well as to the press, and we will miss him a great deal.