Tuesday, December 18, 2018

new from above/ground press: Danse Macabre, by Anthony Etherin

Danse Macabre
Anthony Etherin

THE FOG (Sonnet)

This fog: It spills
through light and ferns.
The dead return
to walk these hills;
their whispers chill
the air. As stern
as gods that yearn
for songs to fill
the nothingness,
their steps are out
of time. You sight
them, as they bless
the earth, but doubt
they have the right.

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

Some of the poems in this chapbook are palindromes by letter, while some consist of lines that are perfect anagrams of each other. Others are triolets or small sonnets. One is a palindrome by pairs of letters and one is a palindrome by word. The remaining poem is an aelindrome, whose unit of palindromism varies according to the repeated, premeditated sequence 1-2-3-4… (i.e. [M]1[el]2[ody]3[ablo-]4 reverses as [a blo]4[ody]3[el]2[m]1).

Cover: Woodcut from “Danse Macabre”, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1538.

Anthony Etherin is an experimental formalist poet. He founded Penteract Press (www.penteractpress.com) and he invented the aelindrome. For more of his poetry, find him on Twitter, @Anthony_Etherin, and via his website: anthonyetherin.wordpress.com

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; in US, add $2; outside North America, add $5) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9. E-transfer or PayPal at at rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

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