Monday, October 29, 2018

new from above/ground press: LAOS (Some Julian Days), by Gil McElroy

LAOS (Some Julian Days)
Gil McElroy

It was
unnecessary history noticed,
the kiss of the Ice Age, all
crude & bright. & those
gaunt rooms we left behind, so
numerous & clumsily impressive? Well,
they have doubtful conjunctions now,
don’t they? It’s
‘cause of
the slighting effect of their dishes, &,
of course, our free-range palettes.

All in
all in
the absence
of hence.

[ALSO: the place turned itself inside-out, pointedly
aloof as befits a soap-inscribed sound.]


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

Gil McElroy
is a poet, visual artist, curator, and visual arts critic. He has published four books of poetry with Talonbooks, a collection of art writing with Gaspereau Press, and a memoir about his father and what it was like growing up a military brat during the height of the Cold War that was also published by Talonbooks. His visual art has been exhibited in galleries across Canada, and he has curated exhibitions for numerous art galleries.

He’s also published numerous chapbooks, and in 2013, was co-winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award for The Merton Lake Propers published by Baseline Press in London, Ontario.

He currently lives in Colborne.

Gil McElroy is the author of six previous above/ground press chapbooks, including “Echolocations” (½ of STANZAS #5, April 1995), Some Julian Days (1999), “Meteor Showers” (STANZAS #31, 2002), (The Work of Art) In the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (2005), Twentieth (2013) and The Doxologies (2014). His Some Julian Days is scheduled for a reissue in 2019 as a “Twentieth Anniversary Edition.”

[McElroy launches this chapbook in Ottawa as part of the above/ground press 25th anniversary broadside launch event with Sarah Mangold and Sandra Ridley on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 as part of the ottawa international writers festival]

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; in US, add $2; outside North America, add $5) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9. E-transfer or PayPal at at rob_mclennan (at) or the PayPal button at

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