Thursday, May 19, 2022

new from above/ground press: looping climate, by Matthew Gwathmey

looping climate
Matthew Gwathmey
$5

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
May 2022
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Matthew Gwathmey
lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, on Wolastoqey Territory, with his partner Lily and their five children. He studied creative writing at the University of Virginia and just completed his PhD at UNB. His first poetry collection, Our Latest in Folktales, was published by Brick Books in the spring of 2019.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

new from above/ground press: Report from the Reid Society. Vol. 1 No. 1

 

Report from the Reid Society
Vol 1. No. 1
edited by rob mclennan
$7

an assemblage of writing in response
to the work of Monty Reid

including
poems, critical writings
and
philosophical transactions

with contributions by:
D.W. Adams
Cameron Anstee
Douglas Barbour
Wade Bell
Stephen Brockwell
Dennis Cooley
Rhonda Douglas
Chris Johnson
Kevin Matthews
rob mclennan
Colin Morton
David O’Meara
Pearl Pirie
Ryan Pratt
Rusty Priske
Sandra Ridley
Bren Simmers
D.S. Stymiest
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
May 2022
full list of published reports here
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy


Report on the Society logo by C. McNair, editor’s devil (retired)

Monty Reid has published five chapbooks with above/ground press chapbooks, including Six Songs for the Mammoth Steppe (2000), cuba A book (2005), In the Garden (sept series) (2011), Moan Coach (2013) and Seam (2018).

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

Friday, May 13, 2022

new from above/ground press: In the shadows, by Michael Boughn

In the shadows
Michael Boughn
$5

Visitors

Angels return, dance around the edge,
twice in a day, quiet rhetorical surprises
recall the fall, protective hands, mercy
for a mortal plummet’s failed ascent
to overheard song

Earth is no pillow
and there’s no escape
from the landing, Listen,
sweetie
, they sing, but keep
your feet on the ground, tap, tap
tapping, & never ever try to illuminate
The Human Condition, stick
to the pebbles stretch out
before newly minted eyes
ineluctable terrain of the fallen

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
May 2022
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Michael Boughn
moved to Canada in October, 1966 because of opposition to the US war against Viet Nam. After studying with Robin Blaser for several years at SFU, he worked in the Teamsters on the Toronto lakeshore for nearly 10 years before returning to university in 1982 to study with poets John Clarke and Robert Creeley. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Iterations of the Diagonal, Dislocations in Crystal, 22 Skidoo / SubTractions, Great Canadian Poems for the Aged Vol. 1 Illus. Ed., and City—A Poem from the End of the WorldCosmographia – a post-Lucretian faux micro-epic was short listed for the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2011, prompting a reviewer in the Globe and Mail to describe him as “an obscure veteran poet with a history of being overlooked.” With Victor Coleman he edited Robert Duncan’s The H.D. Book for the University of California Press. He has also published books for young adults, including the Maple Award nominated Into the World of the Dead, a mystery novel, Business As Usual, a descriptive bibliography of the American poet, H.D., and numerous essays on film, writing, architecture and music. His most recent book is Hermetic Divagations—after H.D. From 2014 to 2018 he edited the online poetry disturbance known as Dispatches from the Poetry Wars with co-conspirator, Kent Johnson. A collection of his essays, Measure’s Measures, is forthcoming from Station Hill Press in 2022. He can most often be found with Case, his border collie pal, hanging out in dog parks or herding sheep.

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

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

new from above/ground press: west coast shorts, by Laura Kelsey

west coast shorts
Laura Kelsey
$5

the home, demolished

jagged pile of planks
plywood and metal
a tiny woman stoops
with bonnet already
rifling through, yanking
at wires like a bird
pulling worms 

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
May 2022
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy


cover art/design: Michael Harding

Laura Kelsey is a former newspaper editor and now a poet, performer and graphic designer living in Nanaimo/Snuneymuxw Territory, B.C. Her poems have appeared in the New Chief Tongue, the Carnegie Newsletter, pocket lint and Sea & Cedar Magazine. She has self-published three collections of poetry and releases music through www.laurakelsey.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

Thursday, May 5, 2022

new from above/ground press: English Garden Bondage, by Russell Carisse

English Garden Bondage
Russell Carisse
$5

1.Brickwall

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published in Ottawa by above/ground press
May 2022
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Russell Carisse
is currently living on unceded Mi'kmaw territory in New Brunswick. Here they have resettled off-grid with their family of people and animals, to grow food and practice other forms of underconsuption. Their writing can be found or forthcoming in Poetry Pause, The Anti-Langorous Project, The Quarantine Review, Funicular, The Utopia Project, The Pi Review, STILL: The Journal, Periodicities, The Paragon Journal, The Babel Tower Board, Talking About Strawberries, as well as in their self-published book, NOMOGRAPHY, on Google Books and New Brunswick Chapbook Series #18, BRICKWORKS from Frog Hollow Press.

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, May 2, 2022

new from above/ground press: In-Between, by Saba Pakdel

In-Between
Poetry by Saba Pakdel
a non-corresponding bilingual English/Persian collection
$5

lullaby

absence is a presence that never is
centuries would not pass
in an hourglass that’s falling
upside down
you did not believe in time
yet sand runs through
timelessness in a bubble
and oceans dry
does it all go back by turning the other end up?

what to do about the restlessness of the sun
the rebellious Icarus
falling to the borders of your stripped body
melts
in between your thighs
into a mirage appearing closer
yet absence still is
not standing afar
to outdistance recollections

here, is no fear
here is the fear
tall city towers fall
rows of pine trees succumb
a crowd wanders inside me
with hideous faces through the falling
I             am                  pregnant with a disaster
mother lullabies

time follows you all the way up
don’t try to move backward
shadows
are not the darkest side of absence
when trees are the presence that never is

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
May 2022
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy


Saba Pakdel (www.sabapakdel.com) is a poet, modernist scholar, and PhD student in the English department at University of Victoria. She completed her BA and MA in English language and literature in Iran. She earned her second MA in English at Simon Fraser University in 2021.

Saba has attended and coordinated literary workshops and poetry readings; published poems, translations, and essays; and collaborated in stage plays as a playwright and backstage filmmaker.

For a while, she worked as an editorial assistant at Talonbooks Publishing in Vancouver. Photography is her occasional and non-verbal means of communication with the world.

Saba specializes in migration studies and contemporary literature with a focus on exile, refugee, and immigration problems, particularly in works of migrant authors from the Middle East and Maghreb. Her research addresses the identity formation of migrants away from Euro-centric formulations based in twentieth century ideas about migration, largely derived from post-WWII circumstances, toward a contemporary reckoning with experiences of migration.

Pakdel will be launching In-Between in Victoria (in-person and virtually) on Friday, May 6 at UVic | Clearihue Building | Room C214 (2-4pm) and in Vancouver on Saturday, May 14 at This Gallery (noon-2pm). For more details, go to her website.

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