Friday, June 23, 2023

new from above/ground press: errand : towards, by Brad Vogler

errand : towards
Brad Vogler

tatter trail of borrowed words
wilderness an easier thief makes

yours are hands of helping
poised perching lurch of love

I wanted to fill my edges with you
become the sleeper you secret with

The poems in errand : towards involve two source texts, Susan Howe's Souls of the Labadie Tract and Ronald Johnson’s Radi os. The process began by reading corresponding pages of each text, and choosing a word/words from each. I would write the word(s) down in my notebook making two columns of text. After working my way through the books, I took the words and started assembling fragments/poems from the text gathered. As I was working I ended up adding words, lines of my own, and a couple of poems/pieces were written during the process of assembling from the original texts.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
June 2023
as part of above/ground press’ thirtieth anniversary
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Brad Vogler
latest project is A Viewing Space, a platform created for various place/time investigations. The first publication launched with Quietly Between, a collaborative book of poetry and photography. He’s the author of my radius, a small stone (Spuyten Duyvil), and i know that this ritual (Lute & Cleat). The full-length version of errand is forthcoming in the spring of 2024 from Sonorous Anchorite. He works with Delete Press, Posit, and is the editor/designer of Opon and A Viewing Space.

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