Friday, April 2, 2021

new from above/ground press: still life with elegy, by Valerie Coulton

still life with elegy
Valerie Coulton

always writing

interrupting her notation of the present
wire bound
she places a plant on the nightstand

she cuts a recipe out of a magazine
there were poems about her &

she was satisfied with them
she was delighted

something in this language is deficient
chocolate wrappings
homemade soup    
we complain about almost everything  
we drink a cold beer    

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

Valerie Coulton’s
books include small bed & field guide (above/ground press), open book (Apogee Press), and The Cellar Dreamer (Apogee Press). With husband Edward Smallfield, she’s the co-author of lirio and anonymous, both from Dancing Girl Press. She lives in Barcelona and co-edits parentheses, an annual journal of international writing.

This is Coulton’s second chapbook with above/ground press, after small bed & field guide (2017).

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 rob_mclennan (at) or the PayPal button at

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