Thursday, August 9, 2018

new from above/ground press: CONCEALED WEAPONS / ANIMAL SURVIVORS, by natalie hanna

natalie hanna


the day i reached down
and picked a bee
instead of fragrant thyme
was fatal for both the bee
and my peace of mind

years of collusion
put ghosts in your head

what is the most
dangerous thing about me?

this is the end of the line:
america bleeds out
unsuspecting donors
expels every cure prescribed

where is that tri-coloured
star spangled wound?

not punctured by a
foreign body
but festering from
exploded middle

bullets hiding in the hands
of every casual neighbour
waiting to deploy
like bees in the garden
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
August 2018
celebrating twenty-five years of above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

natalie hanna
is a queer, feminist, ottawa lawyer, of middle-eastern descent working with low income populations. her writing focuses on feminist, political, and personal themes. She runs battleaxe press (small poetry press) / is the Administrative Director of the Sawdust Reading Series / serves as newsletter editor and board member at Arc Poetry Magazine.  Her work, interviews, have appeared online and in print in various publications, including with Literary Landscapes, In/Words Magazine, phafours press, Hussy Press, Bywords, the Dusie Blog, the Chaudiere Books Blog, Canthius, shreeking violet press, and Peter F. Yacht Club,  among others. This is her 10th chapbook. Find her at: to learn more

This is hanna’s third chapbook with above/ground press, after “this evidence against you,” produced as STANZAS #21 (October 1999), and dark ecologies (2017). 

[natalie hanna 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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