Monday, February 12, 2018

new from above/ground press: Gestational Trail, by Adrienne Gruber

Gestational Trail
Adrienne Gruber

Bamfield to Darling

Nausea jerks. Muscles stiff
rebellious. Swallow the last
refrigerated food.
Yoghurt drink, bagels and
cream cheese, fruit.
Boat leaves at 6 a.m.
battles an impenetrable fog.

We are the only people
in the ocean.

We bundle in greasy wool blankets
watch California Grays breech
vapor bullets from blowholes.
Sea Lions yawp at our vessel.

Dock at Bamfield. Eggs Benny
a hotcake each. Coffee.
One last flush toilet.
Dropped at the trailhead
clean and crisp.

Total evacuations to date: 53

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
February 2018
celebrating twenty-five years of above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Adrienne Gruber
is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Buoyancy Control (BookThug) and This is the Nightmare (Thistledown Press), and four chapbooks, The Rope (Jack Pine Press), Intertidal Zones (Jack Pine Press), Mimic (Leaf Press) and Everything Water (Cactus Press). She lives in Vancouver with her family.

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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