Wednesday, August 9, 2023

new from above/ground press: missing matrilineal, by nina jane drystek

missing matrilineal
nina jane drystek

               there is only


edge of knife
             tine of fork
                         spoon to eat grapefruit


my grandmother how me how to make the perfect shape

                       mirror of a nail
                       neck          line
                       needle      hem

hold pustule between finger & thumb
                        squash it with tongue

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
August 2023
as part of above/ground press’ thirtieth anniversary
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy
[nina jane drystek will be launching this title in Ottawa as part of the above/ground press 30th anniversary reading/launch/party on August 12!]

cover image: Woman before a Mirror (1897) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

nina jane drystek is a poet, writer and performer based in Ottawa, unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe territory. she is author of a:of:in (Gap Riot Press, 2021) and knewro suite (Simulacrum Press, 2019), and her poems have appeared in online and print publications, as well as in self-published chapbooks and broadsides. her original sound poem scores can be heard on bandcamp. she is one of the co-founders of Riverbed Reading Series, was shortlisted for the 2020 Bronwen Wallace Award for Poetry, writes collaborative poetry with VII – authors of holy disorder of being (Gap Riot, 2022) and Towers (Collusion Books, 2021) – and performs sound poetry with the rotating group of collaborators. if you have ever lived in the same city as her you have likely seen her riding a red or blue bicycle. you can find her @textcurious.

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