Excerpts from a General History of the Air by J.R. Carpenter

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Name: Excerpts from a General History of the Air by J.R. Carpenter Poem: of the heat and coldness of the air it’s obvious to every sense the summer heat has manifest effects upon easily agitable bodies the juices and flesh of animals the softer parts of vegetables but that even in places sheltered from the sun the warmth of a temperate summer should be able to expand so cold a body as glass would not be easily believed of the air in reference to light one day walking the beach to enjoy the fresh air prospect of the sea casually looking forwards to the verge of the visible horizon discovered there a new coast rising and falling grounds emerged out of the ocean in a place where no such thing had been seen before after it had been gazed upon this delightful spectacle did slowly disappear End of Poem. Credits: Copyright © J. R. Carpenter Originally published in A General History of the Air (above/ground press, 2020) J. R. Carpenter is an artist, writer, and researcher working across performance, print, and digital media. Her web-based work The Gathering Cloud won the New Media Writing Prize 2016. Her poetry collection An Ocean of Static was highly commended by the Forward Prizes 2018. Her new collection, This is a Picture of Wind (Longbarrow Press 2020) is based on a web-app of the same name. A fellow of the Eccles Centre at the British Library and the Moore Institute at NUI Galway, she will be Writer in Residence at University of Alberta September 2020 — May 2021. luckysoap.com

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?