Friday, October 27, 2023

new from above/ground press: Unconsciousness Raising, by Miranda Mellis

Unconsciousness Raising
Miranda Mellis

Detective Nothing

nothing is the unsigned confession
inside the unopened envelope

nothing is the evidence
which was never found

nothing is the weapon
mistaken for a prop

nothing is the foil
who fakes her own death

to solve the mystery of nothing
by becoming no one

pretending to be alive
she fools detective nothing

melting into the crowd
where no one is ever missed

without getting up
from her empty chair

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

cover art: Miranda Mellis

Miranda Mellis is the author of four books of fiction including Crocosmia (Nightboat, forthcoming 2025), The Spokes, None of This Is Real, and The Revisionist. Other publications include a book of aphorisms and prose poems, Demystifications, and several chapbooks: The Revolutionary, The Quarry, and Materialisms. She co-authored The Instead with Emily Abendroth and was an editor at The Encyclopedia Project. Originally from San Francisco, she now lives in Olympia, Washington and teaches at Evergreen State College.

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