Thursday, February 14, 2013

new from above/ground press: Twentieth, by Gil McElroy

Gil McElroy


in Europe. You’re
tired, & you’re
reading poetry all day. You’re
very pompous
& still confessing a
hole here, a world
there, a heart, a
wretched heart.

life. Wherever you go I’m sick of hearing
Apollinare is the best example: undemanding Apollinaire, inevitable Apollinaire, Apollinare with all the answers.
You saw yourself in Apollinaire, Apollinaire in your eyes.
Look behind me, Apollinaire, while I mourn.
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
February 2013
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Gil McElroy is a poet, independent curator, art critic, and visual artist. He has published four books of poetry, most recently Ordinary Time (Talonbooks, 2011), and numerous chapbooks that include Ordinary Time: The Merton Lake Propers (Baseline Press, 2012). He is also author of Gravity & Grace: Selected Writing on Contemporary Canadian Art (Gaspereau Press, 2001) and the memoir Cold Comfort: Growing Up Cold War (Talonbooks, 2012). McElroy writes about visual art for publications in Canada and the United States, and is a regular correspondent for Akimblog. As a practicing visual artist, he has recently been collaborating with Halifax-based artist Peter Dykhuis on a series of site-specific gallery exhibitions based on abandoned Cold War military installations in Canada.

He lives in the village of Colborne, Ontario with his wife Heather.

This is Gil McElroy’s fourth above/ground press chapbook, after “Echolocations” (1/2 of STANZAS #5, April 1995), “Meteor Showers” (STANZAS #31, 2002) and (The Work of Art) In the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (November, 2005). See his 2007 “12 or 20 questions” here.

[Gil McElroy launches Twentieth alongside Nicole Markotić as part of The Factory Reading Series’ event at the third annual VERSeFest, Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 1:30pm, The Mercury Lounge, Ottawa]

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; outside Canada, add $2) to: rob mclennan, 402 McLeod St #3, Ottawa ON K2P 1A6 or paypal at

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