Tuesday, May 31, 2016

new from above/ground press: King Kong, by rob mclennan

King Kong
rob mclennan
$4

Eleven ways of tracking space debris,
for Christine,

1.

Transform an underlying idea. A swarm of man-made hazards. Sequences, aglow. Discarded bits from separation. Articulations. Detailed, like the snow. She sits down on the front step, mystified. Cohesion: orbit of a written voice.

2.

Fugue particles in a distance; recurrent, rhythmic elements. Inevitable. The irritation of style.

3.

Multiplied collision rate. Embrace the atmosphere, emotional worlds. Poised, from solid rocket motors. Guided. Spheres from boosters, butter. Parts of bodies used. Dramatization. The incoherent argument of utterance.

4.

Never far from thought: the earth rotates, tumbles, turns. A sequence of geometry. Too small to maintain its velocity. We say out loud. Crossroads, meteors, a flux in space. A reader who knows the comet’s tail. Rubble: which constitutes a cadence of modest dimension.

5.

If the moon has its own sub-moons.

6.

Concave: we would perish, like a weed. The same depth of analysis. Dissolve, manipulation. The weight of light to me, is. False sense of the contemporary. A destructive tiny fleck of paint. Proliferate. A connection: which would clean house.

7.

Fashionistas, fusionists. What comparisons. Bodily things, animated fluid. We stare out into space, know not the colour dark. Count how many times the moon has nearly drowned. The other has to stand aside.

8.

Thicken, blaze. A fragmentation, lyric speed. Human dignity. Re-sequenced. Cobwebs, stretch by number, weight. A cosmic slipstream; idiom, the invisible path of mood. A paired kiss: preposition. Such glorious sky: the translations are mine.

9.

Populated, garbage. A sunspot, glare into suspense.

10.

Morose of virtue, shielded. Dust motes, in a catch of spotlight. Withers. Unconscious, shifting forms. Hypervelocity. A trick of reflected light, refracted. Solids, hurtling through space; a body, falls. It skids across the atmosphere.

11.

Compounding legion, intimate. I want this not to matter. Matter.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
May 2016
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy


Originally published by Apostrophe Press as a handout for rob mclennan’s induction into the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour as part of VERSeFest 2016, March 20, 2016.

Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of nearly thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, the Council for the Arts in Ottawa Mid-Career Award in 2014, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. His most recent titles include notes and dispatches: essays (Insomniac press, 2014), The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Chaudiere Books, 2014) and the poetry collection If suppose we are a fragment (BuschekBooks, 2014). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books, The Garneau Review (ottawater.com/garneaureview), seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (ottawater.com/seventeenseconds), Touch the Donkey (touchthedonkey.blogspot.com) and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater (ottawater.com). In 2015, he was named “Interviews Editor” for the online journal Queen Mob’s Teahouse. He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at robmclennan.blogspot.com

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

Monday, May 30, 2016

backlist #17: Nichol, Simpson, Irvine, mclennan, Mancini + Turnbull,

Given the above/ground press archive is together for the first time, I've been digging through boxes and discovering titles I thought either completely out-of-print or very close. It was suggested to me that perhaps I should start offering various titles to the public, simply to see what might appeal (scroll down here to see the list to date). 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:

118. KON 66 & 67 (for jiri valoch, by bpNichol
$10 each / 20 copies available

originally published in an edition of 300 copies, January 2002

119. THE TRUE EVENTUAL STORY OF BILLY THE KID, by bpNichol
with an afterward by carl peters
$6 each / 20 copies available

originally published in an edition of 300 copies, December 2005

120. The writing that should enter into conversation, by Natalie Simpson
$6 each / 20 copies available

originally published in an edition of 300 copies, April 2005

121. LEARNING TO PAUSE, prose poems & prose sonnets, by Dean Irvine
$20 each / 2 copies available

originally published in an edition of 120 copies, April 2000

122. Cycle 7, ed. rob mclennan
Post-workshop chapbook, featuring poems by participants Lindsey Barr, Robynn Collins, Brenan Hodgson, James Irwin, Soraya Peerbaye, LM Rochesfort, Suzannah Showler and Mary Trafford
$10 each / 5 copies available

originally published in an edition of 200 copies, April 2003

123. @phabet, by Donato Mancini
$10 each / 9 copies available

originally published in an edition of 200 copies, January 2003

124. Continua 1-22, by Chris Turnbull
$10 each / 7 copies available

originally published in an edition of 250 copies, November 2010

Thursday, May 26, 2016

backlist #16: mclennan, Cochrane, Phinn, Norman, Barwin, Tucker, beaulieu + Ball,

Given the above/ground press archive is together for the first time, I've been digging through boxes and discovering titles I thought either completely out-of-print or very close. It was suggested to me that perhaps I should start offering various titles to the public, simply to see what might appeal (scroll down here to see the lists posted so far). 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:

112. 33 1/3, ed. rob mclennan
$10 each / 9 copies available
poems by rob mclennan, Mark Cochrane, Gordon Phinn, Peter Norman and Gary Barwin
originally published in an edition of 200 copies for rob mclennan's 33 1/3 birthday, July 15, 2003

113. apartments, section three, by Aaron Tucker
$6 each / 10 copies available
originally published in an edition of 200 copies, March 2010

114. [Dear Fred], by derek beaulieu
$10 each / 4 copies available
originally published in an edition of 300 copies, June 2004

115. "yes, i HAVE published a lot of stuff; a dozen reasons why i will not apologize," by rob mclennan
$15 each / 5 copies available
originally published in an edition of 200 copies for handout at Jay MillAr's Speakeasy lecture series, November 2003


116. Scrub Cedar, by Nelson Ball
$12 each / 2 copies available
originally published in an edition of 300 copies, March 2003

117. had i written a poem / about Montreal / it would have looked / like this, by rob mclennan
$10 each / 3 copies available
originally published in an edition of 200 copies, January 1999

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

new from above/ground press: Three Bloody Words : Twentieth Anniversary Edition, by Stephanie Bolster

Three Bloody Words : Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Stephanie Bolster
with a new afterword by the author
$5



my name is rose red blood
                                                             dark 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 prince
                                                  i 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
May 2016
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

Monday, May 23, 2016

backlist #15: Morton, Massey, Douglas, Kroetsch, Kroetsch tribute + Ferguson,

Given the above/ground press archive is together for the first time, I've been digging through boxes and discovering titles I thought either completely out-of-print or very close. It was suggested to me that perhaps I should start offering various titles to the public, simply to see what might appeal (scroll down here to see the lists posted so far). 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:

105. Coastlines, by Colin Morton
$12 each / 4 copies available
originally published in an edition of 200 copies, April 1999

106. Bullet, by Karen Massey
$10 each / 2 copies available
originally published in an edition of 300 copies, January 1999

108. Time, If It Exists, The Cassandra Poems, by Rhonda Douglas
$10 each / 3 copies available
originally published in an edition of 300 copies, May 2007

109. Further to Our Conversation, by Robert Kroetsch
$10 each / 10 copies available
originally published in an edition of 400 copies, July 2011

110. Dear Robert Kroetsch, a (small) book of tributes, ed. rob mclennan
poems by Rob Budde, Laurie Fuhr, rob mclennan, Christine McNair, Andy Weaver and Thomas Wharton
$6 each / 10 copies available
originally published in an edition of 300 copies, July 2011

111. catch a bird, by Jesse Patrick Ferguson
$10 each / 2 copies available
originally published in an edition of 300 copies, August 2006

Friday, May 20, 2016

new from above/ground press: A New Love/ An Aching Stone, Pete Smith

A New Love/ An Aching Stone
A double-cento out of Yehuda Amichai & Mahmoud Darwish
Pete Smith
$4


Let's go as we are:
wills patched with many patches
and my song needs to breathe:  poetry isn't poetry
because of the wall.
Which exile do you want?
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
May 2016
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy


Pete Smith: Born mid-century in middle of England. Became an ex-non-pat in 1974. Has lived in Kamloops area of BC since then. Is almost ready to write from that place, meanwhile writes from meetingplaces with poets, artists, photographers, composers, rogues & rascules of different ethnicities, genders, aesthetics, eras etc to discover who else he might be. Has published in USA, Ireland, Canada, England & in the wherever of on-line. A scatter of chapbooks, essays, interviews & reviews plus one preposthumous book, Bindings with Discords, 2015, from Shearsman (UK). No academic record of his existence. A New Love/ An Aching Stone may be his most important & is certainly his most impotent work. Thanks for asking, rob mclennan.

A New Love/ An Aching Stone is Smith’s second chapbook with above/ground press, after STRUM OF UNSEEN (2008).

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

Thursday, May 19, 2016

backlist #14: mclennan, Anstee, ospf, Mancini + PFYC,

Given the above/ground press archive is together for the first time, I've been digging through boxes and discovering titles I thought either completely out-of-print or very close. It was suggested to me that perhaps I should start offering various titles to the public, simply to see what might appeal (scroll down here to see the list to date). 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:

98. First you know, and then so ordinary, by rob mclennan
$4 each / 10 copies available
originally published in an edition of 200 copies, March 2011

99. Frank St., by Cameron Anstee
$6 each / 2 copies available
originally published in an edition of 200 copies, March 2010

100. Ottawa Small Press Book Fair, Catalogue of Exhibitors
$10 each / 6 copies available
originally published for the first edition (print run: unknown) of the ottawa small press book fair, October 1994
co-founded/organized by rob mclennan and James Spyker
catalogue designed by James Spyker

101. DAMN YOU, FITZPATRICK, ed. rob mclennan
poems by Amanda Earl, rob mclennan, Christine McNair, Max Middle and Pearl Pirie
$6 each / 2 copies available
originally published in an edition of 200 copies, September 2008

102. Causal Talk / interviews with four poets, by Donato Mancini
interviews with rob mclennan, David W. McFadden, Dorothy Trujillo Lusk and George Bowering
$12 each / 2 copies available
originally published in an edition of 300 copies, June 2004

103. the address book (erasure), by rob mclennan
$10 each / 2 copies available
originally published in an edition of 300 copies, April 2006

104. The Peter F. Yacht Club #1, ed. rob mclennan
poems by Stephen Brockwell, Anita Dolman, Laurie Fuhr, Clare Latremouille, Melanie Little, James Moran, Peter Norman, Artie Gold, Suzanne Zelazo and Rob Budde
artwork by Tom Fowler
$10 each / 6 copies available
originally published in an edition of 200 copies, September 2003

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

new from above/ground press: Vesper Vigil, by Bronwen Tate

Vesper Vigil
Bronwen Tate
$4



What can be closer than my own body?
Known in sensation: heat, pain, and desire —
new furrows, grey hairs, unnoticed freckles,
apprehended in mirrors’ strange angles.
Presence began with the counting of days,
with each ultrasound’s fear and relief,
grew with sickness I delayed meals to know,
then reassured by that nausea, ate toast.
Legible bodies prompt declaration —
I said “due at the end of July.”
Fingers now join silent conversation,
limbs pushing taut skin in reply.
Beloved, still abstraction, I confess,
how can I know you till I see your face?


published in Ottawa by above/ground press
May 2016
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy


Cover image: V. Caleb Anderson

Bronwen Tate is the author of the chapbooks Souvenirs (Dusie 2007), Like the Native Tongue the Vanquished (Cannibal Books 2008), Scaffolding (Dusie 2009), if a thermometer (dancing girl press 2011) and The Loss Letters (Dusie 2011). She has taught courses in literature, aesthetics, creative writing, and composition at Brown University, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Stanford University, where she is currently a lecturer and fellow in the Thinking Matters Program.

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

Monday, May 16, 2016

backlist #13: Dolman, Blades, Latremouille, Earl+ Dennis,

Given the above/ground press archive is together for the first time, I've been digging through boxes and discovering titles I thought either completely out-of-print or very close. It was suggested to me that perhaps I should start offering various titles to the public, simply to see what might appeal (scroll down here to see the lists to date). 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:

92. Scalpel, tea and shot glass, by Anita Dolman
$10 each / 3 copies available
originally published in an edition of 300 copies, September 2004

93. In the Valley of the Shadow of Poets' Corner, by Joe Blades
$15 each / 5 copies available
originally published in an edition of 300 copies, May 1994

94. I will write a poem for you. Now:, by Clare Latremouille
$10 each / 5 copies available
originally published in an edition of 200 copies, August 1995

95. The Sad Phoenician's Other Woman, by Amanda Earl
$6 each / 10 copies available
originally published in an edition of 300 copies, March 2008

96. the on-going dilemma of small change, by Michael Dennis
$10 each / 10 copies available
originally published in an edition of 200 copies, July 1995

97. wriding, by Joe Blades
$10 each / 10 copies available
originally published in an edition of 250 copies for handout for National Poetry Month, April 2000

Friday, May 13, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

backlist # 12: mclennan, Porco, Reid, Greenstreet, Le Dressay + Emerson,

Given the above/ground press archive is together for the first time, I've been digging through boxes and discovering titles I thought either completely out-of-print or very close. It was suggested to me that perhaps I should start offering various titles to the public, simply to see what might appeal (scroll down here to see the list to date). 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:

86. a week of quiet, by rob mclennan
$6 each / 8 copies available

originally published in an edition of 200 copies, January 2005

87. Autobiographia Cinematica, by Alessandro Porco
$10 each / 11 copies available

originally published in an edition of 300 copies, January 2005

88. Six Songs for the Mammoth Steppe, by Monty Reid
$10 each / 6 copies available

originally published in an edition of 250 copies for handout for National Poetry Month, April 2000

89. RUSHES, by Kate Greenstreet
$10 each / 2 copies available

originally published in an edition of 200 copies, May 2007

90. Woman Dreams, by Anne Le Dressay
$10 each / 3 copies available

originally published in an edition of 300 copies, September 1998












91. Letter Fragments, by Lori Emerson
$6 each / 6 copies available

originally published in an edition of 250 copies for handout for National Poetry Month, April 2000

Monday, May 9, 2016

backlist # 11: Sawyer, Betts, Lynes, Lee, McElroy + Newlove,

Given the above/ground press archive is together for the first time, I've been digging through boxes and discovering titles I thought either completely out-of-print or very close. It was suggested to me that perhaps I should start offering various titles to the public, simply to see what might appeal (scroll down here to see the list to date). 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:

80. A Chaise Lounge in Hell, by Larry Sawyer
$5 each / 17 copies available

originally published in an edition of 250 copies, September 2003

81. the cult of david thompson, by Gregory Betts
$10 each / 7 copies available

originally published in an edition of 300 copies, January 2005

82. inglish prof with her head in a blender. turned on. high., by Jeanette Lynes
$10 each / 6 copies available

originally published in an edition of 200 copies, February 2001

83. In a Language with no Word for Horses, by John B. Lee
$15 each / 3 copies available

originally published in an edition of 150 copies for a reading at The TREE Reading Series, May 6, 1997

84. Some Julian Days, by Gil McElroy
$10 each / 6 copies available

originally published in an edition of 300 copies, March 1999













85. THE TASMANIAN DEVIL & other poems, by John Newlove
$25 each / 1 copy available
originally published in an edition of 300 copies for a reading at the ottawa international writers festival, September 1999