Tuesday, March 13, 2018

new from above/ground press: PLEASURE BRISTLES, by Gary Barwin and Alice Burdick

by Gary Barwin and Alice Burdick


I am born
this way -
upside down
loose bag of fluid
skin teeth laughing
all the way down

I want a smoke
it was a long afterlife
it took “forever” to get here
again. I hoped to be a cigar
this time around, but no

Just a baby
all over again
no official documents

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
March 2018
celebrating twenty-five years of above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Alice Burdick is the author of four poetry collections, including Book of Short Sentences, published in 2016. A collection of selected works, Deportment, is forthcoming from Wilfrid Laurier University Press in 2018. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and magazines and was shortlisted for the Lemonhound Poetry Prize in 2014. She is the co-owner of Lexicon Books in Lunenburg and lives in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.

Gary Barwin is a writer, musician and multimedia artist and the author of 21 books. His bestselling novel, Yiddish for Pirates won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, the Canadian Jewish Literary Award, and the Hamilton Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award. His latest book is No TV for Woodpeckers. His latest chapbooks are Broken Light (Penteract Press, 2017) and Quantum Typography (Timglaset Editions, 2018.) He is currently Writer in Residence at McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library. garybarwin.com

This is Barwins’s third above/ground press chapbook, after “SYNONYMS FOR FISH,” STANZAS #26 (March, 2001) and Seedpod, Microfiche (2013).

[Gary Barwin appears in Ottawa at the 8th annual VERSeFest Poetry Festival on March 24, 2018]

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 www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

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