Monday, August 6, 2018

new from above/ground press: Everything will be taken away., by Julia Polyck-O'Neill

Everything will be taken away.
Julia Polyck-O’Neill

new blank
(after Lisa Robertson’s “The Apothecary”)

recast my dialogue

May I run my hand over the photograph & feel reabsorbed?

run the touch over screen / thumb the fibres

I depend on the botanics of abuse;

I repeat your name in circles until it evaporates / a dark & florid thing
a phenomenon smooth like jade

Allergic & fluid;
Tucked & throttled

shed my own botched history
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
August 2018
celebrating twenty-five years of above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Julia Polyck-O’Neill
is an artist, curator, critic, and writer. She is a doctoral candidate in Brock University’s Interdisciplinary Humanities program, where she is completing a SSHRC-funded interdisciplinary and comparative critical study of contemporary conceptualist literature and art in Vancouver. She has taught in art history and contemporary visual culture, and is currently a visiting lecturer and scholar in Transnational American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Her writing has been published in B.C. Studies, Feminist Spaces, Tripwire, Fermenting Feminisms (a project of the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, curated by Lauren Fournier), The Avant Canada Anthology (WLU Press, forthcoming 2018), and is co-editing a special issue of the journal Canadian Literature with Gregory Betts. Her debut chapbook, femme, was published in 2016 by above/ground press.

[Julia Polyck-O'Neill will be launching this title as part of THE ABOVE/GROUND PRESS SILVER ANNIVERSARY READING/LAUNCH/PARTY on August 25, 2018 at Ottawa's Vimy Brewing Company!]

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