Monday, June 8, 2020

new from above/ground press: Dept. of Continuous Improvement, by Ben Robinson

Dept. of Continuous Improvement
Ben Robinson


A single child’s handprint in the sidewalk
two dog pawprints in the mud

A kid tells his mother he found a long money
pulls a twenty from behind his own ear

The dog tied up outside the payday loan place
barks at anyone who gets close to the door

A For Sale sign
Mother Daughter Realty:
We sell homes for living life

Someone is delivering Domino’s
in a Mercedes Benz

Someone is driving
with an AYN RAND licence plate

Someone is ordering meat
from the drive-thru window

Someone is living
in the storefront across the street

The bars on the windows
all rusted through

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

Ben Robinson
is a poet, musician and librarian. In 2019 he published three chapbooks: Mumbles in Hollywood, California (Simulacrum Press), The Sims in Real Life (The Blasted Tree) and Talking Gibberish to Strangers (above/ground press). He has only ever lived in Hamilton, Ontario on the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. He is @bengymen on Twitter.

This is Robinson’s second above/ground press title, after Talking Gibberish to Strangers (2019).

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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