Friday, December 29, 2017

new from above/ground press: small bed & field guide, by Valerie Coulton

small bed & field guide
Valerie Coulton

Which up?

Would not have bought this

but other weather.

What streets choose is no one

else’s. Confidently roaming mostly

cotton against surprising

pink ants. Sleep is preventable.

You have only to try. Feet will love you

unbecomingly, as have proven.


Summer’s lease negotiable

Concrete squares

interlaced with grass

and dirt where grass doesn’t

or mud as now why birds

silent in the rain

but maybe hunting

which is really fasting

we can speak

afterwards anyway

hidden as we are in

these middle-aged leaves

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
December 2017
[as the final above/ground press publication of the press' 24th year]
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Valerie Coulton
is the author of Open Book, The Cellar Dreamer, and passing world pictures, all from Apogee Press. She lives in Barcelona with the poet Edward Smallfield, co-author of lirio and anonymous, both from Dancing Girl Press.

Grateful acknowledgement is made to New American Writing, Dusie, and As If It Fell from the Sun (EtherDome), in which these projects first appeared. 

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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