Friday, October 29, 2021

new from above/ground press: The Northerners, by Benjamin Niespodziany

The Northerners
Benjamin Niespodziany

[an ekphrastic sequence written while watching the Dutch film De Noorderlingen (1992) directed by Alex van Warmerdam, to whom this chapbook is dedicated]


[some of these poems first appeared as daydreams on Post-It notes]



                                    The saint sleepwalks
on her graveyard

shift. Without her lipstick

she feels like a child.




                                    An ashtray in the classroom.
A handful of students.

One boy runs in orange shoes.

Makes a fire in the sand.

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

Benjamin Niespodziany's
writing has appeared in the Wigleaf Top 50, Fence, Salt Hill Journal, Fairy Tale Review, and various others. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best Microfiction. A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, he currently works nights in a library in Chicago and runs the multimedia art blog [neonpajamas].

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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