Friday, August 4, 2023

new from above/ground press: Groundling : On Apology, by Jennifer Baker

Groundling: On Apology
Jennifer Baker


fighting in the street
 we were two kicked dogs

bared teeth

& terrible
    we clung
I still don't know
how to write about this in a poem
    the utter    breakdown        of love
    when love is seeing each other

    we got it so wrong
    we devoured our own hearts
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
August 2023
as part of above/ground press’ thirtieth anniversary
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy
[Jennifer Baker will be launching this title in Ottawa as part of the above/ground press 30th anniversary reading/launch/party on August 12!]

Groundling: On Apology was originally published by John Goodman’s Trainwreck Press, November 2021.

Jennifer Baker is a poet and Adjunct Professor of English Literature living and working in Ottawa. She is the author of three chapbooks: Abject Lessons (above/ground press, 2014), Memento Mishka (with David Currie, Apt.9 Press, 2023) and Groundling (Trainwreck Press, 2021). Her poetry, reviews, and articles can be found in ottawater, Dusie, Canthius, The Bull Calf, Canadian Literature, The Journal of Canadian Poetry, and Robert Kroetsch: Essayist, Novelist, Poet (University of Ottawa Press, 2020), among others, and she is the 2022 honourable mention recipient of Arc Poetry Magazine’s Diana Brebner Prize.

This is Baker’s second title with above/ground press, following Abject Lessons (2014).

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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