Tuesday, September 26, 2023

new from above/ground press: Mayday, by Stephen Cain

Stephen Cain

May 1, 2023
Won’t say sundown
No lightness, no levity
What makes a Canadian?
CBC songs & squibs
Lumps of lyricism
Or that we see it differently
A national imaginary or
An imaginary nationalism

May 2, 2023
Losing leaves, like losing hair
The trees & me
Small schadenfreude
The Great Creep Forward
Aspersions to the contrary
Some Klanada flags
Call the cops on “Commies”
Or mismanage the missive

May 3, 2023
The crash of dishes
Symbols & snares
Percussive aggression
Passive insistence
Red rage is coming down
Pellets against glas
Sing a song of Spring
Sakura suicide
With a cherry on top
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
September 2023
as part of above/ground press’ thirtieth anniversary
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

31 poems of 31 words, where May Day becomes mayday.

Cover design by Eric Schmaltz.

Stephen Cain lives, teaches, writes, & walks with gratitude in Tkaronto. His newest poetry collection, Walking & Stealing, is forthcoming from Book*hug Press.

This is Cain’s fifth above/ground press title, after CIRCA DIEM (1997), ZOOM (2013), Tag & Run: Canto One (2019) and the collaborative Hijinks: A Sequence from Double Helix (with Jay MillAr; 2003).

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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

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