Wednesday, January 17, 2024

new from above/ground press: MY STRUGGLE WITH NOUNS, by Gary Barwin

Gary Barwin

smells in stereo
indeed the inexpressible
might not be a potato

I knew they would punish me

time is reversed
would that mean I’m terrible or
the seabird's blueberry mouth?
the poet says when we age
a pig waits by the door

songs have lost their birds
leaves falling from forgotten trees
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
January 2024
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Gary Barwin
is a writer, composer, and multidisciplinary artist and the author of many books including Duck Eats Yeast, Quacks, Explodes; Man Loses Eye (with Lillian Nećakov; 2023) and Imagining Imagining: Essays on Language, Identity and Infinity (Wolsak & Wynn, 2023). Some of his multimedia works can be found at and audio work at He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

This is Barwins’s eighth above/ground press chapbook, after “SYNONYMS FOR FISH,” STANZAS #26 (March, 2001), Seedpod, Microfiche (2013) and Dust of the Wren: poems and translations (2019), and the collaborative PLEASURE BRISTLES (with Alice Burdick; 2018), gravitynipplemilk anthroposcenesters (with Tom Prime; 2018) and SOME LEAVES (with rob mclennan, 2020), and SAYING “BOY” IN A WILDERNESS OF SONG (2021).

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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