Tuesday, July 21, 2015

new from above/ground press: Simplified Holy Passage, by Elizabeth Robinson

Simplified Holy Passage
Elizabeth Robinson

It seems possible that one could hate one’s place but still
love the world around it.

Image: there’s a bowl that has some spoiled food in it, but the bowl
itself represents the possibility of spilling out what

it holds—old, inedible food, the spray of a sneeze. 

The exercise
would be to know (let me work this out—)

if the place is in the world,
and the food is in the bowl,

there is, by implication, something beyond world and bowl.

Something ready to be poured, sneezed upon, a place it
is acceptable to spill what we don’t want or just

spill by accident.
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
July 2015
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Elizabeth Robinson
is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently Counterpart (Ahsahta) and Blue Heron (Center for Literary Publishing). Her mixed genre meditation, On Ghosts, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times book award. She co-edits the literary journal Pallaksch.Pallaksch with Steve Seidenberg. With Laura Sims, Beth Anderson, and Susanne Dyckman, she co-edits Instance Press.

An earlier fragment appeared in the fifth issue of Touch the Donkey.

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

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