Before Speaking by Razielle Aigen

Poetry Pause spotlight with above/ground press

Name: Before Speaking by Razielle Aigen Poem: in the beginning it switches our language . a germinal rewiring of psyche sprouts in the form of questions . vivacious . soothing . where do the trees go when they grow legs and walk away ? in a way , you say , that’s so punk of them . i see what you are meaning to say . switching the primal fabric of dreaming , a predisposition for thinking , we get up & go , furthering the limbic traces of the ways we are changing & the how of what we are meaning when we say going . ego thriving , a panacea for the indeterminate going of leaving language behind . a language we’re switching at the juncture of where we can agree on meaning . moon & stars . at a distance , the sensorium is communicating . gently , caressing the creases of staying . trees . switching . vivacity . night . moon . stars . we’re learning to communicate in a dream language we will have been tracing in the beginning , before speaking . End of Poem. Credits: reprinted from Light Waves The Leaves (above/ground press, 2020) Razielle Aigen is a poet and visual artist. Her debut chapbook is Light Waves The Leaves (above/ground press 2020). Her poetry and interviews have been published in journals across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. More of her work can be found on her website, razielleaigen.com. Tweets @ohthepoetry

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?