Monday, March 23, 2015

new from above/ground press: yasser arafat is dead, by damian lopes

yasser arafat is dead
damian lopes


consonants separated
by bakelite tie
tongues as teens
bash teeth

copper lines trace
silent impulses
electronic thought where
synapses flounder on
concurrent waves
confluence of
  influences restrained

over the net
three times my height
i lob & circle
to return my service

conversion if not
conversation tried
concession genuflected
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
March 2015
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Produced, in part, as a handout at the NYC/CUNY Chapbook Festival, April 2, 2015 at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Much thanks to Sampson Starkweather his help and support.

damian lopes is the current Poet Laureate for the City of Barrie, a position he will hold until 2018. After fifteen years of quiet bordering on silence, he resumed publishing in earnest at the beginning of 2015. He is currently completing a new collection of poetry entitled away home and his first novel, The Mango Stone. Several other projects are in the works as well. In 2008 he became involved with the local arts community, and helped found the Barrie Arts and Culture Council. In his previous career, he published three print books – clay lamps & fighter kites (The Mercury Press), sensory deprivation / dream poetics (Coach House Books) and towards the quiet (ECW Press) – and two online poetry-multimedia works. He is the former proprietor of the micro press fingerprinting inkoperated.

See recent profiles on lopes on Open Book: Ontario and Jacket2.

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