Wednesday, November 13, 2019

new from above/ground press: TALKING GIBBERISH TO STRANGERS, by Ben Robinson

TALKING GIBBERISH TO STRANGERS
Ben Robinson
$5


Talking Gibberish to Strangers

oh some poor legacy to stone this becomes
species already overcome, this is the finish
terrain of settlers

Jim, find horror and show your husband
throwing my show down and saying
special and then younger and you will find
it easy when an English
priest or Nicola of the U.S. are away from
    country of origin

getting used to you
what was I supposed to feel
be an English online greyjoy
we just knew
the disadvantage is important

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
November 2019
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Ben Robinson
is a poet, musician and librarian. He recently published two chapbooks – Mumbles in Hollywood, California (Simulacrum Press) and The Sims in Real Life (The Blasted Tree) – and has more work forthcoming with The Alfred Gustav Press. He has only ever lived in Hamilton, Ontario on the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. He is @bengymen on Twitter.

A second chapbook is forthcoming.

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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Factory Reading Series pre-small press book fair reading, November 22: Birrell, Blouin, Colistro + Earl,

span-o (the small press action network - ottawa) presents:

The Factory Reading Series
pre-small press book fair reading
celebrating 25 years of the ottawa small press book fair
featuring readings by:

Heather Birrell (Toronto)
Michael Blouin (Kemptville)
Vincent Colistro (Toronto)
+ Amanda Earl (Ottawa)
lovingly hosted as part of a rare public appearance by poet, provocateur and accidental recluse, rob mclennan
Friday, November 22, 2019;
doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm
The Carleton Tavern,
223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs)

[And don’t forget the ottawa small press book fair, held the following day at the Jack Purcell Community Centre]

Heather Birrell
[pictured] is the author of two story collections, both published by Coach House Books: Mad Hope (a Globe and Mail top fiction pick for 2012 and a “CanLit cult classic,” according to 49th Shelf) and I know you are but what am I? Heather’s work has been honoured with the Journey Prize for short fiction and the Edna Staebler Award for creative non-fiction and shortlisted for the KM Hunter Award, the Arc Magazine poem of the year award, National and Western Magazine Awards (Canada), and received a notable mention in Best American Essays 2017. Heather works as a high school English teacher and a creative writing instructor in Toronto, where she lives with her family. Float and Scurry (A Feed Dog Book from Anvil Press) is her first poetry collection. Learn more about Heather and her work at www.heatherbirrell.com

Michael Blouin has won ReLit Best Novel in Canada, been shortlisted for the Amazon First Novel Award, the bp Nichol Award, the CBC Literary Award, and is a winner of the Diana Brebner Award and the  Lampman Award. He has collaborated on recent projects with poet Gillian Sze, film director Bruce McDonald, poet and artist bill bissett and visual artist and author Elizabeth Rainer. He has been published in most Canadian literary magazines including Arc, Descant, Branch, Dragnet, The Antigonish Review, Event, Queen's Quarterly, Grain and The Fiddlehead. He has received rave reviews from The National Post, The Ottawa Citizen, The Chicago Institute for Photography and Literature, The Ottawa International Writers Festival, SubTerrain Magazine, Broken Pencil Magazine, Ottawa Magazine, This Magazine, The Telegraph Journal, Lynn Crosbie, bill bissett, Emily Schultz, Susan Musgrave, Marilyn Bowering, George Fetherling, Phil Hall, Sean Wilson, Paul Gessell, rob mclennan, Alejandro Bustos, Melanie Jannisse, Catherine Owen and Lisa Moore. He has served as an adjudicator for The Canada Council, The Ontario Arts Council, The Ottawa Book Awards, Carleton University and This Magazine. His most recent work is in the Summer 2017 issue of Arc Magazine. Forthcoming are material in Taddle Creek Magazine, the anthology The Group of Seven Reimagined: Contemporary Stories Inspired by Historic Canadian Paintings and the novels Skin House, and I am Billy the Kid.

Vincent Colistro's poems have appeared in The Walrus, Hazlitt, Geist, Arc and elsewhere. He was a prize-winner in the 2012 Short Grain contest, and was nominated for National Magazine Award for Poetry in 2014. Late Victorians (Signal Editions, 2016) was his first book, but his new chapbook Mountain Fountain Font (Odourless Press, 2019) is what he's currently excited about.

Amanda Earl writes in Ottawa, and occasionally other places. She’s the managing editor of Bywords.ca and the fallen angel of AngelHousePress. Kiki (Chaudiere Books) is now available from Invisible Publishing. For more information, please visit AmandaEarl.com or connect with Amanda on Twitter @KikiFolle. Her latest chapbook, and her seventh from above/ground press, is Aftermath or Scenes of a Woman Convalescing (2019).

Friday, November 8, 2019

new from above/ground press: disrobing iris, by Mary Kasimor

disrobing iris
Mary Kasimor
$5


disrobing iris 

the vase enslaved a      repetition of roses
                       placed away from a     field            
               iris dies
   a bird’s logic grips the ceaseless      function door
        the       purple in     a white room
                              the primal sky         is meat
        red is another        chance at life
                   it is     another joke
        no one should disrobe     iris
                     as there never was        perfection
breath                     happens     is a mix up
glass cutting                 edges repeat following
                  another row of stones
         makes it impossible to meet     reaction
crushed spiders         bundled on a treadmill
                              water stains
succumbing to eyes                    blue              
         bulk snow                 on the corner lot
roots of pi          collapse in the middle
        sky blue soup writes itself     a recipe
and pure          thoughts
devising knives                forks
       beyond the         spiritual means eating
all that      blood             made an ancient birth
trees spy on            the rings of saturn
      motion a magic reflex        producing us
fallen bread            on       the titanic grows
           tender mold
disputes the seating arrangements      if it
       were the ocean      rows of 16 ounce cans       
                propped up                        the cult
an installment of shoes        a purity in
                the                  flickering circus
 

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
November 2019
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Mary Kasimor
, who has been writing poetry for many years, considers her work experimental. Her recent poetry collections are The Landfill Dancers (BlazeVox Books 2014), Saint Pink (Moria Books 2015), The Prometheus Collage (Locofo Press 2017), and Nature Store (Dancing Girl Press 2017). Her poetry has been published in many journals, including Word For/Word, Touch the Donkey, Posit, Human Repair Kit, Arteidolia (collaboration with Susan Lewis), and Otoliths.

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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Thursday, November 7, 2019

the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize longlist: Stephanie Bolster + Franco Cortese,

above/ground press authors Stephanie Bolster and Franco Cortese are among the thirty-three writers included in the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize longlist! Hooray! Stephanie Bolster is the author of the above/ground press chapbooks Three Bloody Words (1996), Biodome (2006), Three Bloody Words: Twentieth Anniversary Edition (2016) and Ghosts (2017), and was also included in the 2012 shortlist and the 2017 longlist! Franco Cortese is the author of, among other items, the 2019 above/grond press chapbook uoiea. Congratulations to all! And good luck!

Monday, November 4, 2019

new from above/ground press: Retreat Diary 2019, by Margaret Christakos

Retreat  Diary  2019
Margaret Christakos
$5


as  if  repeating  the  same  song  is  a  decent
strategy  for  building  a  blue  nest  in  thin  air
Nest  that  has  found  its  mourning  in  me
Mourning  that  has  turned  on  a  lathe  like
a  long  pull-whistle  carved  in  a  small  shop
by  someone  who  had  no  grandchild  to
apprentice  &  lake  contains  the  recording
technology  to  archive  the  young  gull's  song
which  is  hysterical  by  now,  which  is  full-out
incessant,  turbulent,  frightened,  hastened,
breath-parched,  adhesive,  hopeful,  hopeless,
hope-filled,  hope-gutted,  bathed  in  hope,
drowned  in  itself  yet  delivered  to
acoustic  sky  with  muscular  chest-bobs
&  a  rotational  tour  of  the  bay's  gloss     /

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
November 2019
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Margaret Christakos
is the author of ten collections of poetry, a novel & an intergenre memoir. She performs digital photo circuits on social media to think about the poetics of direct and indirect address. Recent books include Multitudes (Coach House) and Her Paraphernalia: On Motherlines, Sex/Blood/Loss & Selfies (Book*Hug) as well as the chapbook Social Medea vs. Virtual Medusa (Gap Riot Press). Two collections are forthcoming: charger (Talon Books) and Dear Birch (Palimpsest Press). She hails from Sudbury ON & lives in Toronto.

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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

new from above/ground press: F I V E O ’ C L O C K O N T H E S H O R E, by Allyson Paty

F I V E   O ’ C L O C K   O N   T H E   S H O R E
Allyson Paty
$5

A   R I T E

When a person dies the hours. That comprise
a total life.  Have stripped their clothes and
buried them in mud. The days have.
Shaved their perfect heads. Floated the hair
downriver and out. Out to sea. A body
of water where day. After day the ships are.
Carrying their freight. To market to uses
to garbage. Once beyond the shore where
land. Is worked and fucked and full
for harvest. Like a field in wartime the weeks.
Have already lit themselves. Have smoldered.
And we with our timeless. Ashes to rake.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
October 2019
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy


cover image: Anonymous, Swiss Watch, c.a. 1820, Gold and Silver, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Allyson Paty's poems can be found in Boston Review, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, jubilat, The Literary Review, Tin House, the PEN Poetry Series, and elsewhere. Five O'Clock on the Shore is her fourth chapbook, following Score Poems (Present Tense Pamphlets/The Block Museum, 2016), In Medias Res (Monster House Press, 2016), and The Further Away ([sic] Detroit, 2012). She was a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Poetry and a participant in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's 2017-2018 Workspace Program. With Norah Maki, she is co-founding editor of Singing Saw Press. She is Assistant Director of the Writing Program at NYU Gallatin, where she runs a website for student writing, art, and research, and produces a print journal with the students in NYU's Prison Education Program.

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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Friday, October 18, 2019

new from above/ground press: Furigraphic Horizons, by Hawad, trans. Jake Syersak

Furigraphic Horizons
by Hawad
translated from the French by Jake Syersak
$5

The Haulers of the Horizon


I hear the ember
incubating the names
of shooting stars
And I demand from the cricket
once again
that it strip nude the night
any night
that would not deliver a dawn
suspended from the droplet
blood ink bile
tear of my brothers
sweat condensed
in the interstices of my quill
Quill rifle
leveled point-blank
against the temple of oblivion
Quill stinger
frothing and vomiting up rumors
swarms and abrasions
memory
isles and reptiles
insect letters
Tifinagh
crawling with fury
over the deserts and the stars ahead
already laughter and grimaces
lines peopling our faces
as haulers of the horizons

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
October 2019
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Hawad
is a visual artist and poet originally from the Aïr region in the central Sahara. He composes his work in his native Tuareg tongue of Tamazight, in Tifinagh script, which is then co-translated into French with his wife, Tuareg scholar Hélène Claudot-Hawad. Hawad’s work is unique for its deployment of what he has coined “Furigraphy” (a therapeutic poetics involving the frenetic repetition of words, gestures, sounds, and images to evoke a vertiginous and obsessional rhythmic trance), a means by which he achieves “Surnomadism” (a nod to both Surrealism and the nomadic heritage of the Tuareg people). Surnomadism, according to Hawad, is a literary transcendence of the self to encompass ubiquity and escape the superficial physical and mental constraints of time and space, to investigate the breach between the inner and outer self, the self and others, and the past, present, and future. Common themes of his poetry include anti-colonial resistance, Anarchism, exile, nomadism, and the prolongation of Tuareg heritage. Hawad is the author of multiple books of poetry, including Furigraphie: Poésies 1985 – 2015, from which the poems in this book are taken.

Jake Syersak is the author of Mantic Compost (Trembling Pillow Press, 2020) and Yield Architecture (Burnside Review Press, 2018). Two of his full-length translations of Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine’s work are forthcoming in the coming year: the poetry collection Proximal Morocco— and the hybrid novel Agadir, co-translated with Pierre Joris. He edits Cloud Rodeo, an online poetry journal, and co-edits the micro-press Radioactive Cloud.

This is Syersak’s second above/ground press chapbook, after These Ghosts / This Compost : An Aubadeclogue (2017).

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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

new from above/ground press: Five Mothers, by N.W. Lea

Five Mothers
N.W. Lea
$5

Five Mothers


1.

Distinctions: she hates every one.
A fate worse than life.
A fate-worm, then laugh.


2.

I wandered under mammoth trees,
under a super moon. To me, though,
it was just a supper moon.


3.

O, how I love supper,
with its numbing little kisses.


4.

Nothing heals...
not even the drunk of a bath.


5.

Contained
and venerated, this
private hell.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
October 2019
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

N.W. Lea
is the author of two collections of poetry, Everything is Movies (Chaudiere, 2007) and Understander (Chaudiere, 2015) which was a finalist for the Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry; as well as a number of chapbooks, including more recently, Nervous System (above/ground, 2018). He currently makes his home in Whitehorse, Yukon with his parter and their baby girl.

This is Lea’s fourth above/ground press chapbook, after light years (2006), Present! (2014) and Nervous System (2018).

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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Monday, October 14, 2019

above/ground press at IFOA's Small Press Market + Small Press, Big Ideas: A Roundtable, Saturday, October 26, 2019

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 12 - 5pm
Special Event: 40th Festival Edition | Festivals | Free Events
West Bays, Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: Free


Join us for an afternoon in celebration of the small press and its roots as a driver for creative exchange! As part of the 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Festival of Authors, the Small Press Market will feature twelve of Canada’s most prominent independent presses:

above/ground press,

Augur Magazine,

Baseline Press,

Coven Editions,

Gap Riot Press,

Invisible,

NoirZ,

Proper Tales Press,

serif of nottingham editions


and Simulacrum Press.

Explore their collections of chapbooks, zines and more, to uncover the big ideas created by these small shops. Admission is free and registration not required.

FOLLOWED BY Small Press, Big Ideas: A Roundtable
Panel Discussion, Q & A: 40th Festival Edition | Festivals
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $18


Join us for a special presentation in celebration of the small press. We’ll learn about the strengths and challenges of the small press by hearing from some key members of the community, and exploring the roots of the chapbook and the zine as objects of creative exchange. Featuring rob mclennan, Stuart Ross, Dani Spinosa and Terese Mason Pierre. Event co-curated and moderated by Kate Siklosi, author and co-founding editor of Gap Riot Press.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

new from above/ground press: Tomorrow, adagio, poems inspired by the work of Mihai Eminescu, by Simina Banu (item #1000

Tomorrow, adagio
poems inspired by the work of Mihai Eminescu
Simina Banu
$5



Un singur dor

I have a singer’s door.
Afloat, let me be
moored in margarine.
I mean, on the edge

of the sea. This one:
Cer senin. Relax,
I knitted a bed
from young branches.

Ten thousand
trees fall
in my throat:
do they make

or break?
Simon Cowell
covers his ears
at the thought of my heart.


I know we all groan
when the sea sings.
I will be earth
in my solitude.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
as above/ground press' 1000th publication
October 2019
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy


cover illustration and design by the author

Simina Banu enjoys investigating the way meaning falls into the crevices—between people and across languages. She’s propelled by a fascination with pop music, consumerism and advertising. Her poetry has appeared in magazines including The Feathertale Review, untethered and In/Words. POP—her first full length collection of poetry—is forthcoming with Coach House Books. She lives in Montreal.

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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com