Friday, July 16, 2021

new from above/ground press: HAWAIIAN SUNRISE, by Ken Norris

Ken Norris


From your airplane window in the clouds
you couldn’t have imagined it.

Waves rolling in peacefully in the Hawaiian sunrise,
the depth of greenery.
All the usual dreams of coco-palms
and early morning beach volleyball.

And the sand that gets into everything

Clouds drifting idly, aimlessly,
collecting colour.

Empty hearts get happy.
And all the cameras come out.

Small white boats
bobbing and rolling in the blue.

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

Ken Norris
was born in New York City in 1951. He came to Canada in the early 1970s, to escape Nixon-era America and to pursue his graduate education. He completed an M.A. at Concordia University and a Ph.D. in Canadian Literature at McGill University. He became a Canadian citizen in 1985. For thirty-three years he taught Canadian Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Maine. He currently resides in Toronto.

This is Ken Norris’ seventh above/ground press chapbook, after Windward – St. Lucia Poems (1995), The Commentaries (1999), Songs For Isabella (2000), Green Wind (2010), Looking Into It (2011) and Hong Kong Blues (2019).

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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