Monday, September 28, 2015

above/ground press: 2016 subscriptions now available!

Twenty-two years and counting. Can you believe it? There's been a ton of activity over the past year around above/ground press, from the continuation of Chaudiere Books (the trade extension, one might say, of above/ground) to the poetry journal Touch the Donkey (included as part of the above/ground press subscription!). Just what else might happen? Current and forthcoming items include works by Amanda Earl, Ashley-Elisabeth Best, Hugh Thomas, Katie L. Price, ryan fitzpatrick, Cameron Anstee and Roland Prevost (2015), as well as a whole slew of publications that haven't even been decided on yet.

2016 annual subscriptions (and resubscriptions) are now available: $65 (CAN/US; $90 international) for everything above/ground press makes from when you subscribe through to the end of 2016, including chapbooks, broadsheets, The Peter F. Yacht Club and Touch the Donkey (have you been keeping track of the array of interviews posted to the Touch the Donkey site?).

Anyone who subscribes on or by November 1st will also receive the last above/ground press package (or two) of 2015, including those exciting new titles by Katie L. Price, ryan fitzpatrick, Cameron Anstee and Roland Prevost (plus whatever else the press happens to produce before the turn of the new year), as well as Touch the Donkey #7 (scheduled to release on October 15)!

Why wait? You can either send a cheque (payable to rob mclennan) to 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 7M9, or utilize whichever paypal button that applies to you:

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

new from above/ground press: Culls, by Roland Prevost

Roland Prevost

Lenses at Both Ends

Everywhere, the old home’s gone

At the umbilicus
uncertainty engages the game

Those preposterous red blossoms
on the tallest branches, rest assured
don’t know your name, either

All this innocent vegetation
takes green for granted

Your unstoppable eyes
take this all in
even when it wounds

There will never come
an end to your thanks

Fall quietly to your knees

on this green Island
on these bleached white sands

Land your three ships
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
September 2015
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Roland Prevost’s
first trade poetry publication Singular Plurals (Chaudiere Books, 2014) came out last fall. He has been published by Arc Poetry Magazine, Descant, The Toronto Quarterly, ottawater, experiment-o, Ottawa Arts Review, The Steel Chisel, The Peter F. Yacht Club, among many others. He is the author of four chapbooks: Metafizz (Bywords, 2007), Dragon Verses (Dusty Owl, 2009), Our/ Are Carried Invisibles (above/ground press, 2009), and Parapagus (above/ground press, 2012), and has also been published in three poetry collections by Angel House Press. Roland won the 2006 John Newlove Poetry Award, judged that year by Erín Moure. He was managing editor of, and founding managing editor of seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics. He lives and writes in Ottawa.

This is his third chapbook with above/ground press, after Our/ Are Carried Invisibles (2009) and Parapagus (2012).

[Roland Prevost will be launching Culls as part of The Factory Reading Series, Ottawa on Friday, September 25, 2015, with Monty Reid, Cameron Anstee + Ryan Pratt]

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

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Nicole Markotić chapbook launch, September 27, 2015 (Windsor ON

Nicole Markotić launches her chapbook Ins & Outs (2015) in Windsor, Ontario as part of The Windsor Thrill: Triple Chapbook Launch | Sunday 27 Sept | 1:00 PM | Common Ground, alongside Simina Banu (launching where art) and Melanie Janisse (launching Scrim Poems)‏. If you can't make it, you can always order a copy of Markotić's title here.