with a new afterword by the author
my name is rose red blooddark lips it’s all the same negation of everything my sister is they knew all along when we were born i was lesser more susceptible to lust less likely to reward them with golden grandchildren so she got the bear when he turned princei wish he had stayed dark & furry his skin thick as rugs smelling of musk wilted roses the inside of caves our new castle never a home not dark enough for me to steal away to him always his fair brother dozing beside me & him too far away in the next room with her dreaming of ripe berries
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy
Three Bloody Words was originally produced through above/ground press in an edition of 300 copies, May 1996. It subsequently appeared in the anthology Groundswell: the best of above/ground press, 1993-2003 (Fredericton NB: Broken Jaw Press / cauldron books, 2003), edited by rob mclennan.
Stephanie Bolster is the author of four books of poetry, the first of which, White Stone: The Alice Poems (Signal/Véhicule, 1998), won the Governor General’s and the Gerald Lampert Awards. Her latest book, A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth (Brick Books, 2011) was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award and more recent work was a finalist for the Canada Writes/CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. Editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008 and The Ishtar Gate: Last and Selected Poems by the late Ottawa poet Diana Brebner, and co-editor of Penned: Zoo Poems, she was born in Vancouver and teaches creative writing at Concordia University in Montréal, where she also coordinates the writing program.
This is Stephanie Bolster’s third above/ground press chapbook, after the original Three Bloody Words (1996) and Biodome (2006).
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