Friday, November 22, 2019

new from above/ground press: Lion’s Den, a chiasmus, by Jessica Smith

Lion’s Den, a chiasmus
Jessica Smith


over a hundred lamps         were found                            in the dark
                                                limestone plates   filled will fuel
                                                a more intricate    carved sandstone
                                                                                                like a spoon for fire

                                                hearths and resinous torches
                                                smell of pine and lemon

little we see in nature that is ours
                                                lit within lit from within

                                                goodnight light
                                                tell myself my story

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

Jessica Smith
is the author of numerous chapbooks including Trauma Mouth (Dusie 2015) and The Lover is Absent (above/ground press, 2017) and three full-length books of poetry, Organic Furniture Cellar (Outside Voices 2006), Life-List (Chax Press 2015), and How to Know the Flowers (Veliz Books 2019). She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and teaches at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

This is Smith's fourth chapbook with above/ground press, after Shifting Landscapes (2006), MNEMOTECHNICS (2013) and The Lover is Absent (2017).

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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