Wednesday, August 2, 2023

new from above/ground press: SONGS FROM THE DEMENTIA SUITCASE, by Karen Massey

Karen Massey

Commiserating, a friend texts,
I hate dementia/pandemic eldercare

              / all night snowfall,
so much so hard you hear it
stacking up, filling dim
elastic hours with drowsy moonlit
blasts, yet pre-dawn, such depths,
tenderness, artful drift architecture
cut by gusts—roofs, bicycles, even
thin lamp posts balance enormous
tall white toques, tires spin as
neighbours strain to push free of
buried hours where breath colludes
& shadows slump chilled, listless,
or stretch away from daylight, thin
ache-blue branches reminiscent of  /
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
August 2023
as part of above/ground press’ thirtieth anniversary
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy
[Karen Massey will be launching this title in Ottawa as part of the above/ground press 30th anniversary reading/launch/party on August 12!]

Karen Massey
(she/her) lives in Ottawa, Canada, on unceded Algonquin Anishinabe territory. Her poems & found poems have been published online, in 2 chapbooks, over 2 dozen print anthologies, & in literary journals including TNQ, Aesthetica, Mslexia, subTerrain & Arc Poetry Magazine, where she received the 2020 Diana Brebner Award.

This is Massey’s third above/ground press title, after Bullet (1999) and Strange Fits of Beauty & Light (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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