The Purpling Night is the Trees Heavy with Darking by Sarah Burgoyne

Poetry Pause spotlight with above/ground press

Name: The Purpling Night is the Trees Heavy with Darking by Sarah Burgoyne Poem: is my shelfing of its book there on my shelf as the dog calls in the field, thick with the sky's bidding perch me back on my table, with my newing my precious newing, aloof moon, leave me be how i got so comfortable with a sleepy passing car to marry my fearing riding round the gazebo my nighting is the waves of sound in the distance, my fonding of fear, o communicator, it hangs like a wet heat, my limping dog on my table, so comfortable with it, my blooding filling my body with heat, wristing night's folds in the pages, the trees electricking with sundown, a stone building fortifies against the shimmering which is the unworried night sky pestling me to sugar, my anointing complete, the benches are waiting for it, not differenting my sorrowed lungs, empty of performance, and the clouding pinking bluing lighting leaving End of Poem. Credits: Copyright © Sarah Burgoyne Sarah Burgoyne's first collection Saint Twin (Mansfield Press: 2016) was nominated for the A.M. Klein prize. Her second manuscript is coming out with Coach House Press in 2021, and two chapbooks appear this year with above/ground press, including a collaboration with her mother.

above/ground press is an Ottawa-based poetry chapbook press edited/published by rob mclennan, now celebrating twenty-seven years of continuous operation, having launched its first titles way back on July 9, 1993. above/ground press has produced more than one thousand publications-to-date, including some four hundred-plus single-author poetry chapbooks and three hundred and fifty single-poem broadsides, and currently produces the quarterly journal Touch the Donkey [a small poetry journal], and occasional journals The Peter F. Yacht Club and G U E S T [a journal of guest editors]. Over the past decade or so, the press has been managing some seventy single-author chapbooks a year, providing an exciting mix of Canadian and international authors, emerging and established poets, and experimental and visual works alongside the more traditional lyric, mailing irregular packages as part of both a subscription base and as individual orders. There have been two full-length decade roundups produced-to-date as trade editions—Groundswell: the best of above/ground press: 1993-2003 (Broken Jaw Press, 2003) and Ground Rules: the best of above/ground press: 2003-2013 (Chaudiere Books, 2013)—with a third anthology scheduled for 2023 with Invisible Publishing. The host of The Factory Reading Series, founded January 1993, above/ground recently extended its reach into a new online venture: periodicities: a journal of poetry and poetics and ‘virtual reading series’: https://periodicityjournal.blogspot.com/. The press moves where the editor/publisher’s interest move, as well as where his energies might allow. Where might we go next?