Wednesday, April 27, 2016

backlist #8: Hawkins, Casamassima, Gold, Brockwell, Reid, Middle + Davey,

Given the above/ground press archive is together for the first time, I've been digging through boxes and discovering titles I thought either completely out-of-print or very close. It was suggested to me that perhaps I should start offering various titles to the public, simply to see what might appeal (scroll down here to see the entire list). 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:

58. the black prince of bank street, by William Hawkins
$15 each / 5 copies available

originally published in an edition of 300 copies, August 2007

59. Septology, by Christophe Casamassima
$10 each / 4 copies available

originally published in an edition of 200 copies, November 2005

60. THE HOTEL VICTORIA POEMS, by Artie Gold
$10 each / 5 copies available

originally published in an edition of 250 copies, September 2003

61. Marin County Poems, by Stephen Brockwell
$15 each / 3 copies available

originally published in an edition of 200 copies, February 2001

62. cuba A book, by Monty Reid
$15 each / 1 copy available

originally published in an edition of 300 copies, May 2005

63. A Creation Song, by Max Middle
$15 each / 4 copies available

originally published in an edition of 200 copies, January 2004



 



64. Risky Propositions, by Frank Davey
$10 each / 10 copies available

originally published in an edition of 400 copies, February 2005


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

above/ground press on Parliament Hill: Clarke, Earl, Reid + mclennan,

As part of his tenure as current Parliamentary Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke hosted a poetry reading in Centre Block of Parliament Hill this past Friday afternoon, featuring poets Amanda Earl, Monty Reid, myself and Romanian-Canadian poet Diana Manole [who posted her own report on the event here]. Incredible thanks to Mr. Clarke and all on the Hill who had helped make such possible!

I was unclear whether or not a poetry reading had been held on the hill prior (apart from, say, Milton Acorn, who used to perform his poetry on the grounds circa 1970, or the complete reading jwcurry did of bpNichol's The Martyrology in the gazebo behind the Parliament Buildings in July 2006), but Clarke claimed this was the first official poetry reading on Parliament Hill, which was incredibly exciting to think about (although I always consider such statements suspect, and am hesitant to back such a claim without further research). Sponsored by The League of Canadian Poets, this year's #NationalPoetryMonth theme was "The Road," to which Clarke appended William Shakespeare as well, and most readers (but for myself) read a short excerpt of Shakespeare's work as part of their performance.

The room was perfect for the event, known as room 256-S Centre Block (I attempted more information on-line of the space, but found little but this array of photos), decorated with maps, and paintings of ships, trains and other modes of transport. The road, indeed.

Clarke later offered that he originally launched Whylah Falls in Centre Block in 1990, also, as organized by his MP, Dr. Howard Douglas McCurdy (I know numerous books have been launched on the hill, having even been in attendance for a mid-1990s event of Anglo-Quebec poets), but this the first, he suggests, with League funding (I'd be curious if there's a list anywhere of prior poetry readings on the Hill).

The crowd was roughly forty or so, predominantly made up of a variety of Hill workers (and even the Romanian Ambassador to Canada!) as well as poets Roland Prevost and Janice Tokar (who were good enough to take these photos with my terrible camera) and Chris Johnson. Clarke's reading included King Lear, Earl's included an array of unpublished work composed around her hospital scare from a few years back, Manole read from her Romanian-English poetry collection B&W, and Reid read a selection of pieces from a number of his published books (given, at that point, I was recovering from newborn and night two of three sleeping at the Montfort with Christine and baby, I'm amazed I recall so well; the afternoon was a bit hazy. I was even wearing clothes I'd been sleeping in...). I read two unpublished poems, including this piece, composed for newborn Aoife.

Friday, April 22, 2016

backlist #7: STANZAS magazine (part three

Given the above/ground press archive is together for the first time, I've been digging through boxes and discovering titles I thought either completely out-of-print or very close. It was suggested to me that perhaps I should start offering various titles to the public, simply to see what might appeal (see lists one, two, three and four, as well as STANZAS magazine lists one and two). 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:

See a full bibliography of the long poem magazine STANZAS at http://abovegroundpress.blogspot.ca/2014/08/stanzas-magazine-bibliography-1993-2006.html

49. STANZAS #34, "Three Pieces of Glass" by Aaron Peck
$10 each / 7 copies available

May 2003

50. STANZAS #35, "Highway 99" by Meredith Quartermain
$10 each / 10 copies available

September 2003

51. STANZAS #36, "all sets go" by Daniel f. Bradley
$10 each / 9 copies available

November 2003

52. STANZAS #37, "Americausal" by Rob Budde
$10 each / 7 copies

January 2004

53. STANZAS #38, "Calcite Gours 1-19" by derek beaulieu
$10 each / 10 copies available

February 2004

54. STANZAS #39, "Dream Songs" by J.L. Jacobs
$10 each / 7 copies available

March 2004

55. STANZAS #41, "ottawa poems (blue notes)" by rob mclennan
$10 each / 5 copies available

May 2005














56. STANZAS #42, "Personal Peripherals 1-30" by Jan Allen
$6 each / 4 copies available
October 2005


57. STANZAS #43, "MORE FUN W/ 'PATAPHYSICS" by Sharon Harris
$6 each / 8 copies available

January 2006

Monday, April 18, 2016

backlist #6: STANZAS magazine (part two

Given the above/ground press archive is together for the first time, I've been digging through boxes and discovering titles I thought either completely out-of-print or very close. It was suggested to me that perhaps I should start offering various titles to the public, simply to see what might appeal (see lists one, two, three and four here, and my prior STANZAS list here). 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:

See a full bibliography of the long poem magazine STANZAS at http://abovegroundpress.blogspot.ca/2014/08/stanzas-magazine-bibliography-1993-2006.html

40. STANZAS #21, "this / evidence against you" by natalie hanna
$15 each / 2 copies available

October 1999

41. STANZAS #22, "an unnatural history of the sexes" by Anne Stone
$15 each / 3 copies available

January 2000

42. STANZAS #23, "cooleys key" by rob mclennan
$15 each / 4 copies available

March 2000

43. STANZAS #24, "Aequanimitas" by Chris McCreary
$10 each / 8 copies available

May 2000

44. STANZAS #25, "further revisions" by ryan fitzpatrick
$15 each / 2 copies available

July 2001

45. STANZAS #26, "SYNONYMS FOR FISH" by Gary Barwin
$10 each / 5 copies available

March 2001

46. STANZAS #29, "What Exile       This" by nathalie stephens (now Nathanaël)
$10 each / 6 copies available

January 2002

47. STANZAS #31, "Meteor Showers" by Gil McElroy
$10 each / 5 copies available

May 2002














48. STANZAS #32, "irregular heartbeats" by rob mclennan
$15 each / 3 copies available
September 2002