Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"poem" broadsheet #327: Birthday: forty-four, by rob mclennan


    Disturbed. My body follows
    me around.
        Rosmarie Waldrop, Love, Like Pronouns

Endless, numbered. An accidental thought. Geometry of calendars, reflect. We interrupt. Collapse punctuation, sulphur, deoxygenated blood. Intention. Were we not traffic, clipped. Misplaced, adjacent. As prepositions. Endless, snow. The very thing. I refuse. I take my distance. Forty-four years, equally distributed. Uncertainty of facts, persist. These grainy pronouns. Mother, may I. Tilt, a noise, distracts. Narratives, out of details. Question: falsehoods. To be born. Who are you, comma. Consequences, approach. Make a point of. I have less to say.

Birthday: forty-four,
rob mclennan
March 15, 2014
above/ground press broadside #327

rob mclennan’s
most recent titles include numerous chapbooks, as well as the trade books notes and dispatches: essays (Insomniac press, 2014) and The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Chaudiere Books, 2014), as well as the forthcoming poetry collection If suppose we are a fragment (BuschekBooks, 2014).

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"poem" broadsheet #326: On Water (from Elizabeth to Jenny), by Elizabeth Robinson



It touches its own body to measure ambiguity.


Where do I go, asks the hand of the touch:


gas, liquid, solid.



I am not who I am.



What was once blue, was green, white, black, translucent.


And is so again. 


Water mates with itself, a lover falling hard through

soft,  betraying through trustworthy,  torrent through


opacity.


All that we knew of each other in our form,


where do I go, blunt and insinuating.


The touch paired with itself.  A humid air.



The point of contact as it bathes and thirsts.


A hand on a real body, its mutable fact.


On Water (from Elizabeth to Jenny)
by Elizabeth Robinson
above/ground press broadside #326
Elizabeth Robinson’s must recent books are the hybrid essay On Ghosts and the poetry collections Counterpart and Blue Heron.  Robinson is a co-editor of Instance Press and the literary periodical pallaksch.pallaksch.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Poetry Month at the Ottawa Public Library: Pirie, Young, Jennings + Ridley;

Ottawa Public Library National Poetry Month Reading Main Branch

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 7:00pm
Celebrate National Poetry Month with readings by above/ground press authors Pearl Pirie and Deanna Young alongside Chris Jennings and Sandra Ridley. Offered in partnership with VERSeFest.