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A new chapbook is forthcoming from battleaxe press in February of 2018:
For the Birds.
For the Humans.
By Connie Clayton
Men will never rest until they’ve spoiled the earth,
says a rabbit, says a waiter, says a finch,
so say we all in our ships and fancy cars.
We built this. We suffered in deplorable conditions.
We planted trees in tardy reconciliation.
We piled objects on the backs of flat-bed trucks.
We wore black to hide blue blood under thin skin,
to cover the sad lack of worm hearts
under our nails, one for each broken finger,
for each boarded window. The train doesn’t run
that way. Shovels are expensive. Descend
in a bucket and continue your work.
Don your frock and get to chiseling.
Conyer Clayton, originally from Louisville, Kentucky, is an Ottawa based writer and gymnastics coach who aims to live with compassion, gratitude and awe. Her first chapbook was “The Marshes” (& co collective, 2017). Her work has been published widely in Canada and the U.S., including Prairie Fire, The Maynard, In/Words, Bywords, Transom, and phafours press. In 2017, she won Arc’s Diana Brebner Prize. She won 3rd place in the 2017 Prairie Fire Banff Center Carman Bliss Poetry Contest. She is a member of the sound poetry troupe Quatuor Gualour and co-editor of & co collective’s 2017 chapbook, “Indistinguishable: as if forgetting were silence to be filled.” Find her at https://www.conyerclayton.com for updated news on her poetic endeavors and collaborations.
For the Birds. For the Humans. is a poetic narrative of natural and urban space, tension, structure, and fine detail.
Conyer Clayton. “For the Birds. For The Humans.” Ottawa, battleaxe press, February 2018. Print.
Cover art (c) Komi Olaf, 2018
Published in a run of 100 hand numbered chapbooks. 13 pages
Sanita Fejzić. Desiré, in Three Brief Acts. Ottawa, battleaxe press, November 2016. Print and CD.
Published in a run of 75 hand numbered chapbooks and CDs. 16 pages.
A performative local (Ottawa) obsession charting the necessary failure of the imaginary, realized. (Poem by Sanita Fejzić. Cabaret Songs: lyrics – Sanita Fejzić adapted by Sjef Frenken. Music by Sjef Frenken.)
Ed. n.hanna. the bird, philomela. Ottawa: battleaxe press, June 29, 2016. Print.
Published in a run of 100 numbered chapbooks.
All proceeds from sale of this chapbook shall be donated to the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre
Ovid tells the story of Philomela’s rape and subsequent mutilation at the hands of her sister Procne’s husband. Unable to speak his name in accusation, Philomela, however, finds another way to name him. After a gruesome revenge, Philomela and her sister pray to the gods to turn into birds to escape his wrath. Greek and Roman sources differ as to whether Philomela was turned into a songless swallow, or regained her voice as the signing nightingale.
The Authors in this collection of poetry focus on experiences of and reactions to (their/other women’s) assaults and sexual assaults, in the face of historic and modern censure of their voices.
Natalie Hanna. Cutting Up. Ottawa: battleaxe press, 2016. Print.
Published in a run of 50 numbered chapbooks.
In April of 2016, it was learned through radar that Shakespeare’s skull is not where it was presumed to be. These poems, in conversation with his skull, were produced around the time of the Ghomeshi verdict, in reaction to the circumscribing of women’s rights, prevailing interpretations of women’s experiences, shakespeare’s violence towards his female characters, and women’s process through the legal system.
(published in a run of 100 – $2 each)
Brockwell madrigal / It’s still winter
(from THE BOOK OF SMALLER)
The Child Who Didn’t Make a Sound
I don’t but she do but she ain’t so I won’t
the ‘pataphysics of internet dating