Monday, July 25, 2022

new from above/ground press: FALSE NARRATIVES, by Ken Norris

Ken Norris


Suddenly there’s a hum of Spring in the air.
And the mind goes hunting
for yellow tulips at midnight.
I caught myself looking at the girls
in that old-fashioned way—full of desire.
I forgot my age and my ailing body.

The river’s been flowing for weeks now.
All that’s left is a rim of ice,
and it floats there, waiting for the finality
of a warm sunny day.
It’s coming, and poets will sharpen their pencils
and write the latest invocation of Spring.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
July 2022
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. Norris is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maine, where he taught Canadian Literature and Creative Writing for thirty-three years. He currently resides in Toronto.

This is Ken Norris’ tenth above/ground press chapbook, after Windward – St. Lucia Poems (1995), The Commentaries (1999), Songs For Isabella (2000), Green Wind (2010), Looking Into It (2011), Hong Kong Blues (2019), Hawaiian Sunrise (2021), Stray Dog Café (2021) and The Traveling Wilburys Collection (2021).

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