Tuesday, March 5, 2019

new from above/ground press: A Holiday for Molecules, by Alice Burdick

A Holiday for Molecules
Alice Burdick

Apple blossom time

Beneath the apple blossoms, people
stand and enjoy falling light and colour.
Also there’s a smell, a scent of future nasal
light tunnels, all open in beams of sound.
It’s a delusion or illusion of opal nausea.
We’ll put it on the bill
of the pecking sandpiper,  a groupie
in the flight patterns of drifting dunes.

Tipping the produce in big fields -
ecstatic ents with beautiful tresses.
I own this road - I won it in a contest.
You don’t get it. Nothing is familiar,
but I get it. I get it right in the ass of light
fixtures. Future perfect lack of conversation.
The one thing I ask for is words.
I just want those fucking words.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
March 2019
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Cover image by the author

Alice Burdick is the author of four full-length poetry collections, Simple Master, Flutter, Holler, and Book of Short Sentences. Deportment, a book of selected poems, came out in November 2018 from Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Her work has also appeared in many chapbooks, broadsides, magazines, journals, and anthologies. She has been a judge for various awards, including the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize. She also visits high school English classes as a “Poet In Your Class” through Poetry in Voice/les Voix de la Poésie. She co-owns an independent bookstore in Lunenburg called Lexicon Books.

This is Burdick’s second above/ground press title, after the collaborative PLEASURE BRISTLES (with Gary Barwin, 2018). A French translation of PLEASURE BRISTLES, by Canadian translator Simon Brown, is scheduled to appear later this year with Les Éditions Vanloo, France.

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