Tuesday, December 11, 2012

new from above/ground press: Parapagus, a poem by Roland Prevost

(a poem in ten parts)
Roland Prevost

[ censorship confers ] x { prehistory }

We are reduced to call upon the eye and ear.
A backfield dig unearths two gleaming pre-human
Skulls.  Scattered artefacts lie between them.  
Hard dirt under cracked fingernails: dark, dry. 
Comparisons of brain cavities, occipital angles,
Jawbones.  To them we’d seem: Graceful. 
Fragile.  Nervous.  Perceptive.  Even when they
Lived, sheathed in silence, their eloquent tools
Spoke necessities for them, as still now.

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

Roland Prevost’s poetry appears in Arc poetry magazine, Descant Magazine, Ottawa Arts Review, Peter F. Yacht Club, Ottawater (online), among others. He has three previous chapbooks: Metafizz (2007, Bywords), Dragon Verses (2009, Dusty Owl), Our/ Are Carried Invisibles (2009, above/ground). He’s also been published in two poetry collections by Amanda Earl’s AngelHousePress, Whack of Clouds (2008) and Pent Up (2009). Roland won the 2006 John Newlove Poetry Award. He was, for a few years, the managing editor of 17 seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics, as well as poetics.ca, both online. He studied English and Psychology at York University and the University of Manitoba. He lives, writes poetry, short stories, a lifelong journal, composes and records songs, and peers through telescopes in Ottawa.

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