Thursday, December 19, 2019

new from above/ground press: S i n g ... d e s p i t e, by Pete Smith

S i n g ... d e s p i t e
Pete Smith

            Gold out of gold
            along alchemical contours
            beneath the compass
            a few degrees off human.
            dna  words as beacon
            across the deep articulation
            of dwarfed graffiti
            outside fucktown.
            An aspirant crossing the lake of fire;
            a geologist
            in a flickering fern enclosure
            an angular altar;
            a fat branch
            the narrow Christ.

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

The painting in the cover photograph is the smallest panel of an untitled triptych by Lyn Richards, 2017-19. 30 x 36”  76 x 91cms (at widest point). Oil on panel.

Pete Smith has published two previous chapbooks with above/ground press, Strum of Unseen (2008) & A New Love/An Aching Stone (2016); others with Kamloops Poets’ Factory, Wild Honey Press, Eire, Oystercatcher & Poetical Histories, UK; essays & reviews in print & on-line yon & hither. Shearsman Books, UK, published a collection Bindings With Discords in 2015. He lives in downtown Kamloops beside a creek & behind many trees. 

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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