Sunday, August 5, 2012

new from above/ground press: Sex First & Then A Sandwich by Amanda Earl

Sex First & Then A Sandwich
Amanda Earl

please no more poems of birds.  no. more.
or tender little flowers tossed about by rain

a friend has bedbugs again for the third time
picked up from a public library. the danger of reading

soon the easter eggs will spoil in this heat
all the sweet green icing flowing down

on the Waltons yesterday, Elizabeth couldn't walk
except by the end of the episode she did

you can learn a lot on Christian television
how to build, a crucifix, two towers

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
August 2012
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Sex First & Then A Sandwich is part of a longer work entitled “ghazals against the gradual demise,” which has been funded by the Ontario Arts Council Writers' Reserve Program & the City of Ottawa’s Creation and Production Fund for Professional Artists for which I am grateful.

These poems owe their inspiration to Jim Harrison’s Outlyer and Ghazals (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1969, 1971)

See her notes on the reading/launch here.

Amanda Earl’s poems appear most recently or are forthcoming in the Puritan, fillingStation, Rampike, In/Words Magazine, & ripple(s): a postcard press. Her chapbooks have been published by above/ground press, BookThug, Chapbook Publisher, Free Poetry For, Laurel Reed Books & Puddles of Sky Press. Amanda is the managing editor of & the Bywords Quarterly Journal, & the (fallen) angel of AngelHousePress. For more information please visit or follow her on Twitter @KikiFolle.

This is Earl’s third above/ground press title, after Eleanor (2007) and The Sad Phoenician’s Other Woman (2008).

See a review of her previous above/ground press work here.

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; outside Canada, add $2) to: rob mclennan, 402 McLeod St #3, Ottawa ON K2P 1A6 or paypal at

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