Friday, June 18, 2021

new from above/ground press: Kid Commitment Proves Them Wrong, by Adam Thomlison

Kid Commitment Proves Them Wrong
Adam Thomlison
$5

Kid Commitment pushed himself to a full 12 rounds of shadowboxing – a championship-length fight – just to see if he could. And with fatigue he realized: Shadowboxing is just role-playing for a different kind of nerd.

He spent nights alone with a bottle. "At least booze will never betray me." Then he chipped a tooth and his world collapsed.

Agent Smith had been shot dozens of times. Only the first one hurt, because he took it personally.

"Brunettes will be the death of me," joked the thug who knew it would actually be bullets. Then a brunette pulled a gun on him.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
as the eighth title in above/ground’s prose/naut imprint
June 2021
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy


Author and journalist Adam Thomlison’s work has appeared in national newspapers and bus-station bathroom stalls, and has gotten him banned from Parliament Hill. His third book, the multi-genre parody A Thief, A Spy, and the Corpse Who Rode Shotgun, was released in 2019. Information about this and his other fictional exploits can be found at 40wattspotlight.com, or by e-mail at mail@40wattspotlight.com.

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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

new from above/ground press: Retrofit Me, by Alyssa Bridgman

Retrofit Me
Alyssa Bridgman
$5


Towers

the physics of towers always baffled me
glass and steel—all windows—all sides

poplars in the breeze bend but don’t break
each branch knows exactly where to go

geometry in all things reflected—except perhaps
in the jagged shard of a piece of glass turned

light means nothing to eyes that remain dark—
looking inwards always and never out

but this natural math doesn’t work when you’re
counting calories and the mirror adds ten pounds

we are consumers in all that we do for ourselves
covetous eyes greedy for that new piece of metal

no concept of cost or what was lost in the hurried
rushing from A to B and so on and so forth

algorithm—I always thought it was spelled
rhythm like a song danced out in numbers

these figures ripple in the sun glinting blind
and we look down to see the sky in reflections

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


Cover illustration/design: Alec Bridgman

Alyssa Bridgman is a Vancouver based poet who lives on the unceded territories of the Kwikwetlem, Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie, Musqueam, Squamish, Quay Quayt, and Sto:lo First Nations. She has recently completed her MA in English literature at Simon Fraser University and has a particular interest in local ecological poetry. Her first chapbook, Hedge, was published by above/ground press in 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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Monday, June 14, 2021

new from above/ground press: Labour Day, by James Lindsay

Labour Day
James Lindsay
$5


April 22, Winnipeg
From above I saw Manitoba
Ice break apart like from above
I saw California peppered
By wildfire after a never ending
Airport with crumpled sighing
River lines like bunched veins
And from above cloud fields
That feel the missing more than
Your worst nights without the white
Noise machine and my phone breaks
You into hotel blind slats putting up
A pitiful resistance against streetlight

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

James Lindsay
is the author of the poetry collections Our Inland Sea, Double Self-Portrait, and the chapbook Ekphrasis! Ekphrasis!. He is owner of the record label Pleasence Records and works in publishing.

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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Bryce Warnes reviews N.W. Lea's Less Dream (2021) at The Pamphleteer

Bryce Warnes was good enough to provide a first review for N.W. Lea's Less Dream (2021) over at The Pamphleteer. Thanks so much! You can see his original review here. As he writes:

NW Lea | above/ground press | Ottawa, 2021

Staple-bound, 12 pages | Purchase


Among his work’s themes, Lea has named encounters with the Real. One way he gets there: the double take, the second guess. “Void” opens with a list of struckthrough images, proclaims “I’m putting an end / to these twittering lists,” then finds egress from the world of surfaces via birds in a tree, “little adorable portals.” “You could murder every witless thing / in you. Every wishing thing,” proclaims “Murder Ballad,” flexing a knack for the near-homophonic reaching back to 2006’s light years (above/ground). Lea bends language until hairline cracks appear, letting the light shine through—and he’s been doing so for years. Less Dream is only the latest entry in a singular, numinous body of work.