Friday, August 15, 2014

new from above/ground press: Wintering Prairie, by Megan Kaminski

Wintering Prairie
Megan Kaminski

Snow drifts the prairie white
each gathering a prayer a knife a candle
water crystalline seeding warmth
ground expectant bootfall above sod below
the ground between us the ground we share
ground that sprouts green that holds roots deep
soft porous mealy with bug and vole
and this poem will be a long one
will widen will drift like snow
like language like dribbles and artic chill
will stretch to Dakota fox alone in the field
to field mice buried deep
will follow the compass’s pull magnetic north
oil in shale beneath us tallgrass roots beneath us
bodies of fathers and mothers beneath us
the sod the Kanza-call the warmth of snow on this day
will stretch north to you and children by the fire
to pipelines and trains and fractures in bedrock
to artic-alpine fingernail clam and mourning cloak
will carry me wrapped in sound breath encased
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
August 2014
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Megan Kaminski’s
first book of poetry is Desiring Map (Coconut Books, 2012). She is also the author of seven chapbooks. Her current work Deep City explores the body and the city as architectures in crisis. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Kansas and curates the Taproom Poetry Series in downtown Lawrence.

Originally produced in an edition of 100 copies as part of the dusie kollektiv, February 2014.

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

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