Thursday, August 16, 2018

new from above/ground press: Alternative Girders: a collaboration / 2014 - 2017, by Phil Hall and Stuart Kinmond

Alternative Girders
a collaboration / 2014 - 2017
Stuart Kinmond  /  Phil Hall


 To descend   
a staircase     a chair     sits    

 in a chair     warm still     feel                              

another chair     sits     in that one    
 another fits     over that one     rising    

each     plastic     chair-back     leans    

 stuttering     a high curve   
the audience     hoisted    

 into one     ticket stub

one seat     up there     as impossible
 to sit on     as an accent     aigu    

everyone ushered out    

 around     the stack     this denuded   
floor space

 I am not lonely    

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

Phil Hall’s [see his 25th anniversary essay here] most recent books are Guthrie Clothing: The Poetry of Phil Hall – A Selected Collage (Sir Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015), Conjugation (BookThug, 2016), & Le pluvier kildir (translated by Rose Després / Prise de parole, 2015). He lives near Perth Ontario.

Montreal native and long-time architect, Stuart Kinmond has lived in Ottawa since 1984.  He studied painting and printmaking at the Ottawa School of Art in the nineties and began exhibiting in 2000.  He is now a full-time visual artist working in paint, digital media, installation and public art at his Ottawa studio.  He has had numerous solo and group shows in Ottawa/Gatineau, Montreal, Toronto and San Francisco.

This is Phil Hall’s third above/ground press chapbook, after Verulam (2009) and the collaborative Shikibu Shuffle (with Andrew Burke; 2012).

[Phil Hall and Stuart Kinmond will be launching this title as part of THE ABOVE/GROUND PRESS SILVER ANNIVERSARY READING/LAUNCH/PARTY on August 25, 2018 at Ottawa's Vimy Brewing Company!]

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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