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, 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’: The press moves where the editor/publisher’s interest move, as well as where his energies might allow. Where might we go next?