Monday, May 31, 2021

announcing: G U E S T #17, a (periodicities) folio and an online launch,

On Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 there will be an online launch for Melanie Dennis Unrau’s guest-edited issue of G U E S T [a journal of guest editors], a print issue that features new work by Yvonne Blomer, Kiran Malik-Khan, Peter Christensen, K.B. Thors, Nicholas Molbert, Rina Garcia Chua, Tawahum Bige, Julia Spicher Kasdorf, David Martin, Ross Belot, Bola Opaleke, Adam Dickinson, Lindsay Bird, Kelly Shepherd, Maya Weeks, Lisa Mulrooney + Rita Wong.

The issue itself doesn’t announce officially until Thursday morning (where you can find her introduction to the issue online at but you can totally pre-order (that’s what we’re calling it, yep) via the paypal button (because I have a huge box of them sitting here, I mean really)

G U E S T [a journal of guest editors] : issue #17
guest-edited by Melanie Dennis Unrau

published in Ottawa by above/ground press

June 2021
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Canadian/American/International rates (including shipping

and, appearing simultaneously to the G U E S T issue [7am CDT/9am EDT] will be:
energy stories : folio

edited by Melanie Dennis Unrau at periodicities: a journal of poetry and poetics

as a supplemental folio to G U E S T #17
which will land on Thursday morning at along with an introduction by Unrau

with new writing by Sarah-Jean Krahn, Arleen Paré, Kathy Fisher, David C. Brydges + Dymphony Dronyk

June 3, 2021 : 2:30pm CDT/4:30 EDT

|see facebook link here for information:

lovingly hosted by Melanie Dennis Unrau

with readings by participating authors:

Yvonne Blomer, Kiran Malik-Khan, Peter Christensen, K.B. Thors, Rina Garcia Chua, David Martin, Ross Belot, Lindsay Bird, Kelly Shepherd and Lisa Mulrooney



Melanie Dennis Unrau respectfully acknowledges the original caretakers of the land known as Treaty 1/Winnipeg, where she lives as a settler of mixed European ancestry on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples and the homeland of the Métis Nation, with water from Shoal Lake in Treaty 3 territory and with electricity from Treaty 1,3, and 5 territory, where the Northern Flood Agreement has never been implemented. Melanie is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and a Research Affiliate at the University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities. She is the author of Happiness Threads: The Unborn Poems (Muses’ Company, 2013), a co-editor of Seriality and Texts for Young People: The Compulsion to Repeat (Palgrave, 2014), a former editor and poetry editor at Geez magazine, and a former co-editor of The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Penteract Press interviews above/ground press

Anthony Etherin [noted above/ground press author] recently sent me a small handful of interview questions on above/ground press, which he has now posted as part of the Penteract Press website. Thanks so much! Apparently he's slowly working a series of interviews with small and micro presses, so I would recommend keeping an eye out on what might next emerge, yes?

Friday, May 7, 2021

new from above/ground press: SOME OTHER DAYS AND NIGHTS, by David Miller

David Miller

A Life of Prayer

    A spiritual leader, a prophet, arose amongst us. He foretold a terrible purge: a divine scourge, no less, which threatened a horrible death to numerous of us.
    To some – and I add, without bragging, that I was one – he also said darkly that the purge didn’t merely relate to the future, but that it had been going on in secret for quite some time.
    We were enjoined to purify ourselves: to renounce sex as harmful – deadly, even – to the body and the spirit. In order to achieve this, we had to separate ourselves from any females. To this end, he exhorted us to seclude ourselves and pray for deliverance.
    To the consternation of many, his message seemed aimed almost exclusively – if not, indeed, exclusively – at the male of the species.
    When pressed, he did, however, say that females should also seclude themselves, avoiding sexual intercourse, and pray.
    There were other objections, of course: most especially, that our species would die out. He responded that it was the only way to avoid the scourge, and that it was far preferable a fate. Many of us believed him; but not all did.
    We male followers found some old ruins and set up there: a place of refuge, where we could feel safe. A monastery, one of our more educated brethren calls it. I have my own small chamber: it’s home now.
    Hunting during the day – for we have not been instructed to become vegetarians – we spend the evenings at our devotions.
    Folding my front legs and allowing my antennae to twitch with anticipation, I repeat over and over the sacred words: ‘I’m green, I pray, I live’.
    Saved, I say to myself; saved.

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

cover artwork: “untitled” © the author

David Miller’s recent publications include Reassembling Still: Collected Poems (Shearsman, 2014), Spiritual Letters (Contraband Books, 2017), Towards a Menagerie (Chax Press, 2019) and Matrix I & II (Guillemot Press, 2020). He edited The Alchemist’s Mind: a book of narrative prose by poets (Reality Street, 2012). Originally from Australia, he currently lives in London and Bridport, Dorset.

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

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

new from above/ground press: The Breakers (Expanded), by Amish Trivedi

The Breakers (Expanded)
Amish Trivedi

Addiction to a Friend of Mine

Ready to shake this game of things-
a furniture rope of burnt offers:
too many eggs blessing.  A

delicate rewind, her fingers
preferred to digest the saturated
soil, a Hare Gunge!

bending higher states in.  Driving
on a filament, this scheme of things.
A care would like a word on a

wing, fiddling like a standing
light more. To this movement,
we are a gutter.
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
May 2021
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

an earlier version of this was published in 2008 as part of Absent magazine.

Amish Trivedi
wrote Sound/Chest (Coven 2015) and Your Relationship to Motion Has Changed (Shearsman 2019). He has an MFA and PhD and lives in Maryland.

This is Trivedi’s fourth above/ground press chapbook, after The Destructions (2015), What We Remembered Before the Fire (2018) and The Universe is an Earth-Shaped Urn (2021).

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