Thursday, April 8, 2021

new from above/ground press: a grain of sand, by Helen Hajnoczky

a grain of sand
Photograph by Julya Hajnoczky
Poem by Helen Hajnoczky

what i escape through memory



                        my imprints a memorial


what land spread out

                                                in this way


                        i am an imprint

                                                like a wave


how have i sculpted my

                                    own shores and


                                                the moments
like sand

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
April 2021
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Julya Hajnoczky
was born in Calgary and raised by hippie parents, surrounded by unruly houseplants, bookishness and art supplies, with CBC radio playing softly, constantly, in the background. It was inevitable, then, that she would grow up to be an artist. She holds a BDes in photography from the Alberta University of the Arts. Her multidisciplinary practice includes photography, sculpture and installation. She draws inspiration from the natural sciences, in-depth study of ecosystems, and a deep personal relationship with the wilderness. If she's not in her home studio working on something tiny, she's out in the forest working on something big. See more of her work online at and on Instagram @obscuralucida and @alfrescosciencemachine

Helen Hajnoczky was also born in Calgary and raised by the aforementioned hippie parents as well. She is the author of Magyarázni, shortlisted for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, Poets and Killers: A Life in Advertising, shortlisted for Expozine’s English Book of the Year award, and the chapbook Bloom & Martyr, winner of the 2015 John Lent Poetry/Prose Award. Her next book, Frost & Pollen, is forthcoming from Invisible Publishing. Helen’s written and visual poetry have also appeared in a variety of chapbooks and magazines. Helen shares her artwork, including collaborations with her late father Steve Hajnoczky, on Instagram @ateacozyisasometimes and at

This is Hajnoczky’s fourth chapbook with above/ground press, after A history of button collecting (2010), The Double Bind Dictionary (2013) and No Right on Red (2017).

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