Wednesday, April 10, 2019

new from above/ground press: running commentary along the bottom of the tapestry, by Kimberly Campanello

running commentary along the bottom of the tapestry
Kimberly Campanello

they didn’t expect

hedges steeples the time it takes
to cut away the chutes purpling
lips down the promenade past
nations stepping forward fire
blocking fire important speech
looped in a darkened room
hardy sightseers in rainproof
jackets everlasting bunkers
farmers or farmers wives or
farmers children blown
up mundane tasks running
commentary along the bottom
of the tapestry build up
of bodies where do we go
when we die the lovers
eating their crêpes her
outrageously classy flowers
their rolling cigarettes like sex

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
in part for the author’s participation in the TEXT/SOUND/PERFORMANCE: Making in Canadian Space conference at University College Dublin, Ireland, April 25-27, 2019.
April 2019
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

cover image: The Fall and Redemption of Man:  The Embrace of Joachim and Anne at the Golden Gate, 1515. Albrecht Altdorfer (German, c. 1480-1538). Woodcut; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1932.330.5

Kimberly Campanello’s poetry books include Consent, Strange Country and Imagines (both on the sheela-na-gig stone carvings), and Hymn to Kālī (her version of the Karpūrādi-stotra). Her poems have appeared most recently in Banshee, Blackbox Manifold, para·text, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Wales, and in Laudanum Publishing’s Chapbook Anthology Volume Two. MOTHERBABYHOME, 796 poems on the St Mary’s Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Ireland, is out with zimZalla Avant Objects in April 2019. In 2018, Kimberly joined the University of Leeds and the University of Leeds Poetry Centre as Programme Leader for Creative Writing. She lives in York, UK.

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