Friday, June 27, 2014

"poem" broadside #328 : "jwcurry's Map Drawers," by Anita Dolman

Weight of papers presses
the warped floor, latticework of rotten
boards bend, threatening
to pop through the ceiling
of the driving school below
his greybird Chinatown walk-up,
metalweight of mapminder’s cabinets
piled heavy by years
of carefully registered ephemera

We’ll have to evacuate these words
to lower ground,
flee them to the suburbs
like so much paperwork
and furnishings before

From the carpeted guest room of our bungalow,
I hear other writers’ intentions
shift inside the dented columbarium;
there’s a party drifting sleeplessly in there
from drawer to drawer, whose guests and intimacies
I have accepted I will never comprehend entirely,
not the way I would want to,
no matter how often I sneak in to pull the handles
and watch them whisper their secrets
to each other.

jwcurry’s Map Drawers
by Anita Dolman
produced for the spring edition of the ottawa small press book fair, June 2014
above/ground press broadside #328
This is Dolman's fourth above/ground press publication, after the previous "poem" broadsides "Shoes" (#175; summer 2003) and "From the Triptychs series (ongoing)" (#201; 2004) and the chapbook Scalpel, tea and shot glass (2004).

Anita Dolman’s poetry and flash fiction have appeared in journals and magazines throughout Canada and the United States, including, most recently, in Grain,, The Antigonish Review, ottawater and The Peter F. Yacht Club. Her poetry appeared in the 2006 Chaudiere Books anthology Decalogue: ten Ottawa poets. Her short story “Happy Enough” is available as an e-book (Morning Rain Publishing, Burlington, 2014). You can follow her on Twitter @ajdolman.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Susanne Dyckman at the Bay Area Poetry Marathon

above/ground press author Susanne Dyckman reads this weekend as part of the infamous Bay Area Poetry Marathon in San Francisco, alongside Christopher Daniels, John Sakkis, Anna Soteria Morrison, Denise Leto, Monica Regan, Eleni Stecopoulos, Alana Siegel and Claiborne McDonald. For more information, check out the link here.

Monday, June 9, 2014

new from above/ground press: Many forms in water, by Rachel Moritz

Many forms in water
Rachel Moritz

Many forms in water may also be found in clouds

In the turning season, your one clay divided from hers. Like swans, riding a tourniquet of wind. Winter’s aureole, cleft before a fallen oak whose breath is your only explanation. Whose path yields the cabin doorway, hard of hand on burnished leaves. And whose water gathers from the pump, the dark maker. Glued to a world your senses decided, as when millions of years earlier the silence of nature broke.
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
June 2014
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Rachel Moritz
is the author of three chapbooks: Elementary Rituals (Albion Books, 2013) Night-Sea (New Michigan Press, 2008) and The Winchester Monologues (New Michigan Press, 2005). Her poems have been published in American Letters and Commentary, Aufgabe, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, 26, TYPO, dusie and VOLT. She lives in Minneapolis, where she edits poetry for Konundrum Engine Literary Review and publishes a chaplet series from WinteRed Press.

She also has work in the first issue of Touch the Donkey.

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

Monday, June 2, 2014

above/ground press at the ottawa small press book fair (and our new poetry journal!

Once again, above/ground press will be participating in the semi-annual ottawa small press book fair, which will be happening on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Jack Purcell Community Centre. If you've been following the blog, you know there have been a ton of new publications since the previous fair last fall, so why not come by and see what the press has been up to? You can even ask about our new poetry journal, Touch the Donkey, quietly invented a couple of weeks back (the second issue is scheduled for July).