Monday, September 12, 2022

new from above/ground press: too many words, by Lori Anderson Moseman

too many words
Lori Anderson Moseman

today a killing frost has me deadheading marigolds
the only flower whistle pigs won’t eat

the table looks full of tiny porcupine quills:
my cache of see is next summer’s hope

until I find them moldering
if only I’d removed the dead parts to isolate viability


when I ask my partner about ma
he laughs
delighting in her brusque mischievousness
her handiness, her loyalty

her hard to understand syntax puzzles him
but he gets her jokes
he never sees her meanness

I am the only one keeping it alive?

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

Lori Anderson Moseman’s
chapbook Okay? is recently out from above/ground press. Her poetry collections include DARN (Delete Press, 2021), Y (The Operating System, 2019), Light Each Pause (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017), Flash Mob (Spuyten Duyvil, 2016), All Steel (Flim Forum Press, 2012), Temporary Bunk (Swank Books, 2009), Persona (Swank Books, 2003), and Cultivating Excess (The Eighth Mountain Press, 1992). Her collaboration with book artist Karen Pava Randall, Full Quiver, is available from Propolis Press. A former educator, she ran the press Stockport Flats from 2006-2016.

This is Moseman’s second above/ground press title after Okay? (2022).

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