Monday, March 20, 2017

new from above/ground press: Marilyn Irwin, north

Marilyn Irwin

the spider plant
is unhappy
its foliage is
growing wrong,
pushed up against the wall
it is browning; it is dying
it is holding on because it has to
roots, pot, gravity
it turns away from the sun
it is trying

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
March 2017
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Shortlisted for the 2016 bpNichol Award, a 2014 Tree Reading Series Hot Ottawa Voice, and winner of the 2013 Diana Brebner Prize, Marilyn Irwin has no idea how she got here. Her work, including seven chapbooks, has been published by above/ground press, Apt. 9 Press, Arc Magazine, Matrix Magazine, and Puddles of Sky, among others.  She runs shreeking violet press in Ottawa.

[Produced for Irwin's participation in Ottawa's 7th annual VERSeFest, March 21-26]

This is Irwin’s third chapbook with above/ground press, after for when you pick daisies (2010) and flicker (2012).

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; outside Canada, add $2) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9 or paypal at

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