Monday, February 26, 2018

new from above/ground press: muscle memory, by Stan Rogal

muscle memory
by Stan Rogal


“a mind disposed to slipping grinds sparks from the concrete”

“as being buzz-bombed by a big black bumblebee, bzzzzzzz…

“my yoyo my kitty my young pimp my hoot owl my ampersand”

“from baudelaire to proust our literature contains far too many abnormals”

                                    “what of the fireworks? : (gone, gone)”

                                    “vampire guano everywhere”

                                    “ticking of a cat in the hallway like a bomb”

                                    “story ends with a murder : my own”

“what of the woods reversed, say : no lemon no melon, say : say, a mirror”

“the guideless guidebooks of postmodernist duplicity”

“a line is drawn : someone has tracked a shadow”

“language is derivative : an omen seeking nemo :  exeunt pursued by bear”
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
February 2018
celebrating twenty-five years of above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Stan Rogal
lives and writes in Toronto. He recently retired from the UofT Standardized Patient Program where he taught and assessed communication skills for students and professionals in the health care industry. His literary work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He is the author of 23 books as well as a produced playwright.

This is Rogal’s fourth above/ground press chapbook, after In Search of the Emerald City (1997), “THE CELEBRITY RAG: Opá” (STANZAS #44, March 2006) and All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace (2004).

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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