These poems were composed over the last dozen years or so – Yasser Arafat died in 2004. They are to or about my father, Anthony D Lopes (1935–2014), and are selected from my poetry manuscript away home.
My first chapbook in over fifteen years is brought to you by rob mclennan and above/ground press. It was produced in part as a handout for the NYC/CUNY Chapbook Festival held 2 April 2015, about six blocks from NYU Medical Centre where my father died almost six months before.
Some of these poems, or earlier versions of them, have appeared or will appear in Descant, Jacket2 and Touch the Donkey. The first poem, ‘converse,’ has been choreographed by Sarah Lochhead of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers. The City of Barrie’s Cultural Grants Program for Individual Artists – sadly now defunct (grants are still available to arts organizations) – made the writing and editing of some of these poems possible. I am grateful for that support.
28 pages, 14 x 22 cm, saddle stitched self-wrappers, photocopy
first edition of 300 copies
above/ground press, Ottawa, March 2015
concrete poetry cover by lopes
“[T]he poems… form an act of recognition; the chapbook picks up the pieces of a broken relationship, not to put them back together, but to place them along a line of identification, no matter how arbitrary that placement might be. If this collection is any indication (and I think it is), Lopes’ future work is sure to be similarly thoughtful and expressive.” – Jeff Low, BrokenPencil.com