Wednesday, July 8, 2020

new from above/ground press: my beatrice, by Orchid Tierney

my beatrice
orchid tierney
$5


VII

My Beatrice & I watch the primary
debates because we are monstrous fictions.
This, excites Beatrice, is the moment when
the evil Brain arrives from Planet Arous.
I look backward to the nuclear sequence
where everyone is incinerated. Then it is
three minutes to midnight. A woman without
perfume refuses Dante’s future. I believe in
demons & sprites. I believe in canopies
so tired from painful touching. There is
little difference between twilights & mourning.
Beatrice, some days her muse will ace her desire.
“If you’re ever going to love me,” put on the drier.
I will deliver her punchline after I forget my joke.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
July 2020
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Orchid Tierney
is an Aotearoa-New Zealand poet and scholar, currently living in Gambier, Ohio, where she teaches at Kenyon College. She is the author of a year of misreading the wildcats (Operating System, 2019) and Earsay (TrollThread 2016), and chapbooks ocean plastic (BlazeVOX 2019), blue doors (Belladonna* Press), Gallipoli Diaries (GaussPDF 2017), the world in small parts (Dancing Girl Press, 2012), and Brachiaction (Gumtree, 2012). Other poems, reviews, and scholarship have appeared in Jacket2, Journal of Modern Literature, and Western Humanities Review, among others. She is a consulting editor for the Kenyon Review.

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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Monday, July 6, 2020

new from above/ground press: CABARET, by Derek Beaulieu

CABARET
Derek Beaulieu
$4

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
July 2020
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Derek Beaulieu
is the author/editor of over twenty collections of poetry, prose, and criticism, including two volumes of his selected work, Please, No More Poetry (2013) and Konzeptuelle Arbeiten (2017). His most recent volume of fiction, a, A Novel was published by Paris’s Jean Boîte Editions. Beaulieu has exhibited his visual work across Canada, the United States, and Europe and has won multiple local and national awards for his teaching and dedication to students. Derek Beaulieu holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Roehampton University and is the Director of Literary Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. He can be found online at www.derekbeaulieu.com

This is Beaulieu’s ninth above/ground press chapbook, after an issue of the long poem magazine STANZAS (“calcite gours 1-19,” issue no. 38), the interview chapbook ECONOMIES OF SCALE: rob mclennan interviews derek beaulieu on NO PRESS / derek beaulieu interviews rob mclennan on above/ground press (2012) and single-author chapbooks “A? any questions? (1998), [Dear Fred] (2004), HOW TO EDIT, Chapter A. (ALBERTA SERIES #8; 2008), transcend transcribe transfigure transform transgress (2014), a a novel: 1-20 (2017) and tattered sails (after un coup de des) (2018).

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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Thursday, July 2, 2020

new from above/ground press: BLATTA, by Julia Drescher

BLATTA
Julia Drescher
$5



Did solitude ever exist?

Scrap metal from bombs exposed.

Punctuation hurts.


A passive tumbling instrument of.

Experiments in such, the grid's diffract by did.


The larynx of an animal throws at the illusion of a fixed position.

If you hiss you can pray to roaches against God.

Low trees. Have you gotten to the bottom of things? Waivering.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
July 2020
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Julia Drescher
is the author of Open Epic (Delete Press). She lives in Colorado where she co-edits the press Further Other Book Works with C.J. Martin. A second above/ground press title is forthcoming.

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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Alina Stefanescu on Andrea Rexilius and Khashayar Mohammadi

American poet Alina Stefanescu (who is both kind and clever enough to be an above/ground press subscriber) has been writing short essay-pieces on poems lately, including some poems she found in recent above/ground press titles: Khashayar Mohammadi’s poem, “Brink of Life,” from Solitude Is An Acrobatic Act (above/ground, 2020) [you can read her essay on such here] and on Andrea Rexilius' "The Structure of a Flower: Stem," from Afterworlds (above/ground, 2020) [you can read her essay on such here]. Thanks so much! Her blog has some other neat pieces worth reading on there as well, if you wander around for a bit, including "'Voice' by Jennifer Horne: Wondering towards a mother's voice," "11 poetry writing prompts for pandemic moments," and this really lovely personal essay I quite enjoyed. Gadzooks!

Monday, June 29, 2020

new from above/ground press: FLORALS, by Misha Solomon

FLORALS
Misha Solomon
$5

Chunnel

a stranger looks like a boy but yawns like a man
children yawn freely
little lions roaring at their tiredness
he shows restraint
jaw tense, cheeks taut
ashamed of his fatigue

I was last on this train as a boy
expecting to see fish under the Atlantic
expected to read the map for my mother

now, fish surround me
one raises the armrest between our seats
and leans its head on my shoulder
I’m not sure I’m moist enough
to keep its gills from drying up

I’m tired too
but my jaw clicks
and my cheeks

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
June 2020
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Misha Solomon
(he/him) is a queer poet in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. These are his first published poems.

cover artwork: Naomie Hadida

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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Thursday, June 25, 2020

new from above/ground press: Civilization, by Dani Spinosa

Civilization
Dani Spinosa
$4



The English
By 1858 I declare war on my final opponent, the English, who have taken the rest of this continent. They have redcoats, and by now I have tanks.
I take Hull, Sheffield.
In 1866, I take London. It’s the last capital on the map, and for this game, that means I’ve won. It plays a victory cut scene. I can’t stop.
Just one more turn…
I take Manchester. I take Stoke-upon-Trent. I take Plymouth.
I take Preston. I take Bradford. England is defeated. I do not see it, but imagine the game plays out a sad cut scene of a sun setting.
There is no cut scene. The dial simply loads, lets me choose the next turn.  
I can’t stop. I start taking over city states: La Venta, Lisbon. I head towards more but now I have AT crews that are clobbering catapults. It feels pointless, wrong.
And Love has spread across this world, tiny turtles by each city’s name.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
June 2020
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Dani Spinosa
is a poet and a scholar and an adjunct professor. She’s a co-founding editor of Gap Riot Press, the Managing Editor of the Electronic Literature Directory, and the author of two books: OO: Typewriter Poems (Invisible Publishing, 2020) and Anarchists in the Academy (U of Alberta Press, 2018). You can find her online at www.genericpronoun.com.

This is Spinosa’s second chapbook with above/ground press, after Glosas for Tired Eyes Volume 2 (2018).

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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

new from above/ground press: Year Zero, by Andrew Cantrell

Year Zero
Andrew Cantrell
$5

Open this up and break it


Don’t ask me about our usual impression. That is something that can’t be spoken about.

Please. You know me. Creeping up the trunks of willows. I don’t want to remember.

I don’t want you there.

It was another who dashed into the river waters.

You dropped stones in your pockets to follow.

The reeds and all held your arms and you looked – oh nothing heart-breaking.

I am so sick now. You changed for the worse. Craved any upheaval.

An absolute spasm which – oh the memory is gone.

I am old though and anything else – I can’t do a thing.

Your arms were flung creeping along the bank

like willows bending over towards my face.

I am sore and I am going to give you honey if I can.

I am old though – no good whatsoever.

The red fruit. Your arms. I want to pay. Oh – let them leave me alone.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
June 2020
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Andrew Cantrell
is a poet, labor activist, first-generation (former) academic, and working-class southerner transplanted to the Midwest. He is the author of the chapbooks Phantom Equator (above/ground press) and Stratigraphy (Finishing Line Press). A Puschart Prize nominee, his work has been published widely, including in Posit, Lana Turner, Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology, and Vestiges (Black Sun Lit). Since 1993, he has served as a rank-and-file organizer, steward, and elected leader in local unions of the American Federation of Teachers and the Communication Workers of America, and has organized hospital, industrial, and educational workers in Pennsylvania, California, and across the Midwest. He currently works in Chicago, where he organizes public employees, secondary and higher education faculty and staff, grad workers, and teaching artists.

This is Cantrell’s second above/ground press title, after Phantom Equator (2018).

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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Friday, June 19, 2020

Black Lives Matter : chapbook giveaway,


I thought it would be interesting to select a handful of titles from the above/ground press backlist for a Black Lives Matter chapbook giveaway, as a way to use our resources to provide our support in tangible ways (we have also donated monies, as we’ve been able), and to help further amplify the work of some writers of colour the press has produced over the years. So, read up on resources to donate to in the link: https://linktr.ee/NationalResourcesList (thanks to Khashayar Mohammadi for providing the original link); and, after donating (no proof required) $5 or more, I’ll send you a chapbook of your choice from the list below; if you donate $25 or more, I’ll send you a handful of titles, if you wish.

Poetry chapbook give-away titles in this give-away include: Solitude is an Acrobatic Act (2020) by Khashayar Mohammadi; Furigraphic Horizons (2019) by Hawad, translated from the French by Jake Syersak; from The Book of Bramah (2019) by Renée Sarojini Saklikar; After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees— (second printing, 2019) by Renée Sarojini Saklikar; Open Island, three poems (2017) by Faizal Deen; CONCEALED WEAPONS / ANIMAL SURVIVORS (2018) by natalie hanna; dark ecologies (2017) by natalie hanna; G U E S T [a journal of guest editors] #9 (2020), edited by natalie hanna; and ANGELTONGUE / LENGUA DE ÁNGEL (2018) by Miguel E. Ortiz Rodríguez.

First come, first served! And while supplies last, obviously. I’ve twenty or more of all but natalie hanna’s earlier chapbook on hand for this give-away. I had hoped, as well, to be able to include copies of either of Jordan Abel’s above/ground press titles, or either of George Elliott Clarke’s above/ground press titles, but I simply haven’t enough copies of any of those. If you are able to donate and wish to let me know, send me an email to rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com with your mailing address, and your requested title(s). I will keep running this until all of the chapbooks in this box by my desk is empty!

Could above/ground press be better at producing works by writers of colour? Oh, certainly. There’s plenty of room for improvement. I will do my best to do better.