Wednesday, January 22, 2020

new from above/ground press: Euphorbia, by Eric Baus

Eric Baus

Commandeered mirror

In the afterlife of pumas, in the green hovering slightly above a branch, in the antique wings of an ostrich covering your mouth, the film of a woman framing a fading tree between her hands is not a mindless river, knowable as the lowest cloud, but the top of a small hill between pages wounded by a spool of blue thread, patiently printing fire beyond the door. When I am finally lifted over the bed, the branch, the quiet, the absent cats, the little cloud, the fire’s involuntary embroidery, two or three figures, at least, hold hands beneath my back. But who has placed my arms like this, misspelled, where I am suddenly a swimmer near the ceiling, learning to rain in a room, on a book?

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

Eric Baus
is the author of five books of poetry: How I Became a Hum (Octopus 2019), The Tranquilized Tongue (City Lights 2014), Scared Text (Center for Literary Publishing, 2011), Tuned Droves (Octopus Books, 2009), and The To Sound (Wave Books, 2004). He teaches literature and creative writing at Regis University’s Mile High MFA program in Denver, where he is assistant director and core faculty in poetry.

This is Baus’ second chapbook with above/ground press chapbooks, after THE RAIN OF THE ICE (2014).

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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