Tuesday, April 5, 2016

new from above/ground press: After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees—, by Renée Sarojini Saklikar

After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees—
~ from volume 2 of thecanadaproject, The Heart of This Journey Bears All Patterns, commonly known as Thot-J-Bap, a long poem
Renée Sarojini Saklikar

Morphology of the

Let lists suffice, those rubbed, we that assemble:
Cardo, stipes, galea, and palupus.
The City, our essence, we might communicate,
syllable, grammar and line, beds violet, wild thyme
were we to find, cracked cement, east side court
Labium when extended, the cardo,
slender, in the laterial wall, we—
might not meet, nor share anything, a glance
on the train, commonly, as short as half,
the stipital length. See here, we gather
at the steps of public buildings where once
protest put down. Many genera.
there came a time, when soldiers rode, guns cocked.
Through the cardo to the lorum, winds breathe
around condo cranes, City of Night, wander
spray cans in hand, fill our shoes with sand.
O for a hundred thousand,
homes we might call to,
all the lights coming on at once—
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
April 2016
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Renée Sarojini Saklikar
writes thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle. Work from the project is widely published in journals, anthologies and chapbooks. The first completed book from thecanadaproject is children of air india, un/authorized exhibits and interjections (Nightwood Editions, 2013), winner of the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for poetry and a finalist for the 2014 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award. Renée is currently a mentor and instructor for Simon Fraser University, and co-founder of the poetry reading series, Lunch Poems at SFU. With Wayde Compton, Renée co-edited The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them (Anvil Press/SFU Public Square, 2015). Renée was recently appointed Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey. She collects poems about bees.

Produced, in part, as a handout at Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, April 9-10, 2016, from 11am-5pm at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Porter Hall, 453 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY. Much thanks to Chris Fritton for his help and support. http://www.buffalosmallpress.org/

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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