Wednesday, October 2, 2019

new from above/ground press: A Box of Light, by Ian McCulloch

A Box of Light
Ian McCulloch

Preamble to a Denouement

I woke this morning
in an empty house
and lingered
through the hours
in quiet spaces
with transitory
angles of illumination
and undulating shadow
then followed a voice
like the rustle of leaves
down a long hallway
with floors that seemed
to shift and warp
beneath each step
of my naked feet
and found daylight
was a different grief
in every room

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

Ian McCulloch
(April 18, 1957 – September 23, 2019) was born in Comox, B.C. and raised in Northern Ontario. He was the author of three books of poetry: The Moon of Hunger (Penumbra, 1982), The Efficiency of Killers (Penumbra, 1988) and Parables and Rain (Penumbra, 1993), and a chapbook, Balsam To Ease All Pains (Alburnum Press, 1998). He was also the author of the novel Childforever (Mercury, 1996). A founding member of Northern Ontario’s longest-running reading series, “The Conspiracy of 3,” he read twice at Toronto’s prestigious Harbourfront series. More recently two of his poems were included in the anthology Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century (LUMMOX Press, 2018). His writing was deeply influenced by family and his indigenous heritage. Ian was the father of three and lived with his wife and dog in Redbridge, Ontario.

A second above/ground press chapbook is forthcoming.

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