Friday, July 17, 2020

new from above/ground press: TENTACULUM SONNETS, by Sarah Burgoyne

Sarah Burgoyne

at the enunciation of you, bloom
                of witch broom
autumn. love brocades its long lung game    
    and lets me in your house.         running
the cold gold line to find you,   

a slender limb rushing as flex or bright
animal bough, especially opiate around
the night-mouth of a mollusk or urchin, an opal is you
used for grasping, moon-mouth, aloof, moving
about, your moon-bearing sense organs, vervain (in this, a gazebo)
a light which is the moon (in a plant) a tendril
the night's noon or a tender glandular hair.
            a look across the mim-
icking glass, the form which
is sound and pines bursting with ice, my voice
is the spider in your alley, its
                haunting shake.

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

Cover art: Mara Eagle

Sarah Burgoyne’s first collection Saint Twin (Mansfield Press: 2016) was nominated for the A.M. Klein prize. Her second manuscript is coming out with Coach House Books in 2021.

This is Burgoyne’s second above/ground press title, after A Precarious Life on the Sea (2016). A further 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) or the PayPal button at

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