Tuesday, April 13, 2021

new from above/ground press: Clinging & Grasping, by Franklin Bruno

Clinging & Grasping
Franklin Bruno
$5

Anamorphic Table

I crossed the room and the room stayed self-
Identical, although it had changed.

I went outside, though only briefly,
And found it pleasant, also only briefly.

Dusk, still air. What we need’s a Shazam
For plant life. My father was afraid of fog.

So was mine. I think about his colleague
In a sanatorium, wonder how to contact

His daughter who cares for a schoolmate
Who fell off a mountain. “I am not feeling

Myself today.” But how would you know?
It’s a trick: a room is not an entity.

Dice connect two fields of mathematics:
Solid geometry and probability. Each face

Must be equally likely to come up
And this constrains their design.

The regular polyhedra, of which there are five,
Are elegant traditional solutions.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
April 2021
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Franklin Bruno
is the author of The Accordion Repertoire (poetry, Edge Books), the chapbooks MF/MA (Seeing Eye) and Policy Instrument (Lame House), and Armed Forces (criticism, in Continuum/Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series). He has released 20 albums of original songs as one-third of Nothing Painted Blue, under his own name, and (currently) as frontman of The Human Hearts. Raised in Southern California’s Inland Empire, he now lives and writes in Jackson Heights, Queens. A second chapbook through above/ground press 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 rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Thursday, April 8, 2021

new from above/ground press: a grain of sand, by Helen Hajnoczky


a grain of sand
Photograph by Julya Hajnoczky
Poem by Helen Hajnoczky
$5


what i escape through memory

 

 

                        my imprints a memorial

 

what land spread out

                                                in this way

 

                        i am an imprint

                                                like a wave

 

how have i sculpted my

                                    own shores and

 

                                                the moments
                                                           
like sand



published in Ottawa by above/ground press
April 2021
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Julya Hajnoczky
was born in Calgary and raised by hippie parents, surrounded by unruly houseplants, bookishness and art supplies, with CBC radio playing softly, constantly, in the background. It was inevitable, then, that she would grow up to be an artist. She holds a BDes in photography from the Alberta University of the Arts. Her multidisciplinary practice includes photography, sculpture and installation. She draws inspiration from the natural sciences, in-depth study of ecosystems, and a deep personal relationship with the wilderness. If she's not in her home studio working on something tiny, she's out in the forest working on something big. See more of her work online at www.obscura-lucida.com and on Instagram @obscuralucida and @alfrescosciencemachine

Helen Hajnoczky was also born in Calgary and raised by the aforementioned hippie parents as well. She is the author of Magyarázni, shortlisted for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, Poets and Killers: A Life in Advertising, shortlisted for Expozine’s English Book of the Year award, and the chapbook Bloom & Martyr, winner of the 2015 John Lent Poetry/Prose Award. Her next book, Frost & Pollen, is forthcoming from Invisible Publishing. Helen’s written and visual poetry have also appeared in a variety of chapbooks and magazines. Helen shares her artwork, including collaborations with her late father Steve Hajnoczky, on Instagram @ateacozyisasometimes and at www.ateacozyisasometimes.com

This is Hajnoczky’s fourth chapbook with above/ground press, after A history of button collecting (2010), The Double Bind Dictionary (2013) and No Right on Red (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 rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Monday, April 5, 2021

new from above/ground press: a journal of the plague year, by Edward Smallfield

a journal of the plague year
Edward Smallfield
$5

meditations in an emergency

1 reading Defoe—A Journal of the Plague Year

2 fare Boccaccio

3 spring sun the same

4 color as

5 ‘locked down’

6 ‘high alert’

7 in the isolation chamber

8 the higher pitched

9 ambient sound here

10 the lower pitched

11 just what you thought: an interior

12 a broken flowering

13 & dust &

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
April 2021
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Edward Smallfield
is the author of The Pleasures of C, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (with Doug MacPherson), equinox, and to whom it may concern. He is also the author of several chapbooks: locate (with Miriam Pirone) and lirio and anonymous (both with Valerie Coulton) and, most recently, americana (from above/ground press). His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, e-poema.eu, Five Fingers Review, New American Writing, Páginas Rojas, parentheses, Parthenon West Review, talking about strawberries all the time, where is the river: a poetry experiment, 26, Wicked Alice, and many other magazines and websites. He has participated in poetry conferences in Delphi, Paou, Paros, and Sofia, and lives in Barcelona with his wife, the poet Valerie Coulton.

This is Smallfield’s second chapbook with above/ground press, after americana (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 rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Friday, April 2, 2021

new from above/ground press: still life with elegy, by Valerie Coulton

still life with elegy
Valerie Coulton
$5

always writing

interrupting her notation of the present
wire bound
she places a plant on the nightstand

she cuts a recipe out of a magazine
there were poems about her &

she was satisfied with them
she was delighted

something in this language is deficient
chocolate wrappings
homemade soup    
we complain about almost everything  
we drink a cold beer    

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
April 2021
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Valerie Coulton’s
books include small bed & field guide (above/ground press), open book (Apogee Press), and The Cellar Dreamer (Apogee Press). With husband Edward Smallfield, she’s the co-author of lirio and anonymous, both from Dancing Girl Press. She lives in Barcelona and co-edits parentheses, an annual journal of international writing.

This is Coulton’s second chapbook with above/ground press, after small bed & field guide (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 rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com