Thursday, November 2, 2017

new from above/ground press: Tribeca: Twentieth Anniversary Edition, by Joe Blades

Tribeca: Twentieth Anniversary Edition
by Joe Blades
with a new afterword by the author

in tompkins square

no one bothers us
with our bag-wrapped vodka

here in the night
in tompkins square

even though we don’t sit
near trashcan fires

or have cardboard
bedding under plastic

we sit pulling grain
watching cops on avenue a

behind our backs
an open-columned shrine

faith · hope · charity · compassion
carved in lintel stones

we leave the bottle
empty in its paper bag

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
November 2017
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Tribeca was originally produced through above/ground press in an edition of 300 copies, May 1997. 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.

Joe Blades is currently is a PhD Interdisciplinary Studies student at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton where he also earned a MEd in 2012. A participant– researcher in Canadian Studies in the Balkans since 2004, Blades has authored seven poetry books, with three of them also published in Serbian translation. His writings are in over 50 anthologies as well as more than 30 chapbooks the most recent of which is november poems (dusie kollektiv 8 & BS Poetry Society).

This is Blades’ fifth chapbook with above/ground press, after In the Valley of the Shadow of Poets' Corner (1994), Tribeca (1997), wriding (2000) and “t sea ache,” produced as STANZAS #19 (February 1999).

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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