Wednesday, February 10, 2016

new from above/ground press: snake charmers : a cycle of twenty poems, by Kristjana Gunnars

snake charmers : a cycle of twenty poems
Kristjana Gunnars
$4

liturgy of hours


a life where every moment has an Office
a duty just for this small measure of time

the placing of an olive-green bowl next
to another olive-green bowl, next to another

zigzagging along a blank acacia-wood table
bells of brass hanging on their strings of jute

legs carved like sawblades, rusted brown

at this moment I will remove the veil
from its pegs on the blind-arched wall

at this moment I will observe the lacework
its intricate anonymity, its seeing disguise

just then I will pour water from the rain-drum
pour into each and every green clay bowl

I will talk about purity and movement
I will say there is no obstruction or barricade

no grid or wall or smoke or misleading words

nothing you can put up to hold me in
       because the hour branches out like a rose
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
February 2016
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Kristjana Gunnars
is a painter and writer, author of several books of poetry, short fiction and anti-fiction. She is Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing and English at the University of Alberta, and now works out of her studio in B.C. Her web connection is: kristjanagunnars.com

[produced, in part, for a series of events at the University of Alberta, March 3-5, 2016, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their writer-in-residence program]

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; outside Canada, add $2) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9 or paypal at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

Monday, February 8, 2016

Gil McElroy : Sum: Word Maps : AngelHousePress Essay Series

Gil McElroy has a new essay in AngelHousePress' online Essay Series (with a direct link to his essay here).
In “Sum: Word Maps,” Gil McElroy offers a systematic and creative form of (dis)organization of text into visual poems in analogy with living organisms in order to free text from meaning, metaphor and connotation.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

new from above/ground press: from Lamentations (second edition), by Robert Hogg

from Lamentations
Robert Hogg
Second (expanded) edition
$4

Synapse, Mid-Morning, January

I toss a log
in the kitchen
wood stove

a puff of snow
falls in a swirl
from the eaves

a dazzle of sun
light in the window

brief as thought

RLH: Mtn: 2016-01-19

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
February 2016
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy
originally published by above/ground press, May 2012

Robert Hogg
was born in Edmonton, Alberta on March 26, 1942. When he was nine, his father bought a ranch in the Cariboo region in the interior of British Columbia, where the family spent three years; from there they moved to Burnaby, and later Abbotsford and Langley in the Fraser Valley where Hogg finished high school in 1960. He spent the next four years in the English and Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia where he came into contact with the Black Mountain poets and their poetics and participated in the Tish poetry movement. After graduating in the spring of 1964 Hogg hitch-hiked to Toronto, visited the poet, Charles Olson, in Buffalo, and applied to study under him in the graduate program of the English Department of the State University of New York. Hogg later wrote his doctoral dissertation on Olson under the supervision of Robert Creeley. He completed the course work for the PhD in the spring of 1968 and accepted a position at Carleton University in Ottawa where he taught Modern and Post-Modern American and Canadian Poetry and Poetic Theory until his retirement in 2005.

While at Buffalo Hogg met and married Leslie Flaig, then a music major at the University, who has since become an accomplished artist and photographer. During the next two decades they raised three children on their farm in Mountain Township, about 50 kilometres south of Ottawa, where they grow organic crops and operate a commercial flour mill and natural food distribution company called Mountain Path Inc. At present, Hogg is working on a sixth book of poetry, and editing an extensive anthology of Canadian poetic theory.

PUBLICATIONS
The Connexions. Berkeley CA: Oyez Press, 1966.
Standing Back. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1972.
Of Light. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1978.
Heat Lightning. Windsor ON: Black Moss Press, 1986.
There Is No Falling. Toronto: ECW Press, 1993.
An English Canadian Poetics, The Confederation Poets – Vol. 1. Editor. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2009.

[Robert Hogg launches from Lamentations alongside Jeremy Hanson-Finger and Gary Barwin as part of The Factory Reading Series, February 27, 2016]

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Friday, January 29, 2016

The Factory Reading Series: Simpson, Brockwell + Peerbaye, February 20, 2016

span-o (the small press action network - ottawa) presents:
The Factory Reading Series:

Rachael Simpson (Ottawa)
Stephen Brockwell (Ottawa)
+ Soraya Peerbaye (Toronto)

lovingly hosted by rob mclennan

Saturday, February 20, 2016;
doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm
The Carleton Tavern,
223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs)

Rachael Simpson's
poetry has been published in Canada and the United States. She lives in Ottawa.

Stephen Brockwell is an Ottawa poet and small business owner. He is currently cultivating two very slow growing manuscripts of poetry and two seedling novellas.

Soraya Peerbaye’s first collection, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her poems have previously appeared in Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Women Poets (Mansfield Press, 2004), edited by Priscila Uppal and Rishma Dunlop, as well as various literary journals; she has also contributed to the chapbook anthology Translating Horses (Baseline Press). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Peerbaye also works with dance and theatre organizations in Toronto as a dramaturge and curator.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

new from above/ground press: A Precarious Life on the Sea, Sarah Burgoyne

A Precarious Life on the Sea
Sarah Burgoyne
$4

PARTICULAR HEXES

White omens in the sky making shapes of us. I decide to wear all my medallions at once. Found a snout in the basil plant. Who can blame. You, in the small frame. Glasses and longsuffering. I sent you a letter on the subject of broccoli. What’s another word for sacrament?

Summer séances spent welcoming a new ice age in hospital gowns. No one visits, and if they do, we stick ‘em. Having not been coordinated enough to find a new castle. Always the first to go. No sons or daughters come to sing hymns around. Unmothered in the off season.

A strange hand under a young chin. Most times, your dreamer is the enemy. I spend the night writing Westerns, answering yes and yes to true or false. I guess I need to live up to fatherhood. Grow my summer antlers. See how far the voodoo lily will stretch.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
January 2016
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Sarah Burgoyne
was born and raised on Canada’s West Coast. Her first manuscript, Saint Twin, is being published with Mansfield Press in 2016 and is gigantic.

[Sarah Burgoyne launches A Precarious Life on the Sea in Ottawa alongside Julie Morrissy and Claire Farley as part of The Factory Reading Series, March 26, 2016]

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; outside Canada, add $2) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9 or paypal at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com