with a new afterword by the author
Julian Day 2448254
So we reach a level
of particularity, & such acts of
motion as are prior to hindsights
are, on their own,
largely erased. We face
the inevitable need
for rooms & the stuff
religion is needed, one
avenue & form of literature - happy
English words, useful
in the distant study
of the dead.
all the right words
for instincts. Have we
completely acceptable senses?
Or is the formation
of successive days but one tiny occasion
of senses newly dead?
such a place in myself
with appropriate names.
Light & desire
in my heart.
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy
Some Julian Days was originally produced by above/ground press in an edition of 300 copies, March 1999.
Gil McElroy is a poet, visual artist, curator, and visual arts critic. He has published four books of poetry with Talonbooks, a collection of art writing with Gaspereau Press, and a memoir about his father and what it was like growing up a military brat during the height of the Cold War that was also published by Talonbooks. His visual art has been exhibited in galleries across Canada, and he has curated exhibitions for numerous art galleries.
He’s also published numerous chapbooks, and in 2013, was co-winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award for The Merton Lake Propers published by Baseline Press in London, Ontario.
He currently lives in Colborne.
Gil McElroy is the author of seven previous above/ground press chapbooks, including “Echolocations” (½ of STANZAS #5, April 1995), Some Julian Days (1999), “Meteor Showers” (STANZAS #31, 2002), (The Work of Art) In the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (2005), Twentieth (2013), The Doxologies (2014) and LAOS (Some Julian Days) (2018). He also had a poem in the above/ground press twenty-fifth anniversary broadside series (2018).
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