Thursday, December 20, 2018

new from above/ground press: Seam, by Monty Reid

Monty Reid

                               your body is dispersed

the secondary metabolism of a world burnt without your approval
rifted without your approval, you cannot remember how to leave

you cannot remember if you have ever been the fire

the seams of old coal smoulder
                                                               no one stops them.

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

Monty Reid
was born in Saskatchewan, lived for many years in the Alberta badlands, and moved to the Ottawa area in 1999 to work at the Canadian Museum of Nature. His books include Karst Means Stone (NeWest), Crawlspace (Anansi), The Alternate Guide (rdc) and Garden (Chaudiere) – his most recent collection is 2016’s Meditatio Placentae (Brick). His chapbooks have appeared from many small publishers in Canada and abroad, including four from above/ground. A mini chapbook, nipple variations, is forthcoming from postghost press. A three-time GG nominee, he was Arc Poetry Magazine’s Managing Editor for many years and is currently the Director of VerseFest, Ottawa’s international poetry festival.

This is Reid’s fifth chapbook with above/ground press chapbooks, after Six Songs for the Mammoth Steppe (2000), cuba A book (2005), In the Garden (sept series) (2011) and Moan Coach (2013).

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) or the PayPal button at

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