Wednesday, October 4, 2017

ABOUT SKY OF INK PRESS


Montreal's Sky of Ink Press was founded in 2007 with the express purpose of featuring talented poets in finely crafted chapbooks. Brian Campbell is solely responsible as editor and publisher.

Sky of Ink chapbooks are printed on high-quality paper with card-stock or hard covers. The press does not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Sky of Ink chapbooks are available for the following prices, CA or US, including postage:

Zav Levinson, Trelliswork: $15
Brian Campbell, Remnants of Autumn (photo book): $35
Brian Campbell, A Private Collection: $20
Raphael Bendahan, Sit Up: $15
Jocelyne Dubois, Hot Summer Night: $15
Nina Bruck, Still Light at Five O'Clock: $15


To order, contact: beedeecee@videotron.ca

Tuesday, October 3, 2017



Published:
1st edition, 100 copies: October 2017
ISBN: 978-0-9868890-5-9
Price: $15 CDN/US including shipping
35 pages
Linen paper, cardstock cover
Status: In Print

Trelliswork is constructed from the framework of the poet’s life, interweaving love, loss and play; the whole reflected and renewed in studious attention to the craft of poetry.    


Hinterland

Not elderly, not young,
he sits in his easy chair,
next to a window,
a light on,
a book in his lap.

Eyes closed, asleep
perhaps only resting -
does he rest easy,
do warm memories
caress his body?

Or does he recite his pain
and measure his decline?

Does he dream
of running  across fields to a far horizon,
his thoughtless body
rejoicing under a broad sky?

Will his mind turn,
like a compass needle to the north,
to those he held in his arms,
hearts beating
against his chest,
whose thoughts
he could read in their faces?

Is he moved,
as a thunderclap moved our ancestors,
to fear God’s mighty grip?
      
       I fall so easily
       into these places,

       where the light meets the dark.



Zav Levinson began writing poetry five years ago. This is his first book. His poems have appeared in Poetry Quebec, SWEPT, and Umbrella Factory. He is poetry co-editor of JONAHmagazine, an online literary review. Zav lives in Montreal. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Published:
1st edition, 50 copies: November 2016
ISBN: 978-1-36-686820-6
Price: $40 CDN/US including shipping
54 pages
Photo book: Photos on glossy paper, two poems
Glossy paper, hard cover
Status: In Print


During the fall of 2015, I acquired a macro lens for my Olympus EM10 camera, and became enamoured with the vividness and detail of the minutia I could capture. An obvious subject was the autumn leaves, and soon a project evolved: to photograph changing and fallen leaves on my front lawn, and only on my front lawn, that season. Although mine is a typical front yard in Montreal's Mile End neighbourhood — a patch of grass, hedge and flowerbed of about sixty square feet — it proved a surprisingly rich subject. Certain twigs, leaves, and grape bunches caught my eye. I began to relate to them as to human characters, documenting their changes through hundreds of photos. Other leaves — maple, aspen, and who knows what — blew in from outside, and although I couldn't resist the temptation to position a few, for the most part they were photographed as they had fallen. The whole exercise became a meditation on mortality, randomness and seasonal renewal.


— Brian Campbell, Montreal, October 2016

Sample photos: 





a single rose
in a field of green —
the first red leaf

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Brian Campbell, A Private Collection



01 Private Collection cover scan
Published:
1st edition, 50 copies: November 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9868890-3-5
Price: $25 CDN/US including shipping
36 pages
16 poems, with colour plates of art works on facing pages
Glossy photographic paper, card-stock covers.
Status: In Print

A series of ekphrastic poems inspired by works of art in Brian Campbell’s home, this collection celebrates not only of the art works but their creators, all of whom are or were Brian’s acquaintances or friends. By turns quirky, warm, poignant and elegiac,  the poems are presented with colour plates of the art that inspired them on facing pages. Featured artists: Nathalie Trépanier, Barbara Sala, Mary Hayes, Sekai, Jocelyne Dubois, Allen Sutterfield, Jennifer Blachford, Olga Maksimova, Kerin Nointel, Michel Rioux, Vasilije Bukcev. A magazine-sized "mini-coffee table book", this is visually perhaps the most striking Sky of Ink production to date.


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PETITE CHOUETTE
(after the sculpture by Nathalie Trépanier)


Me an owl
a tired owl
dazed owl
gazing out
through zany pie eyes—
cherry pie, apple pie
of swirling gears and metal plates
I’m a deft contraption, whimsical construction
that a sculptress wrenched, glued, bent
feathers of spoons and spaghetti tongs
fork feet twisted round a branch
supported by a lamp stand
but yes I’m tired, tired
still standing, barely
my heart a rusty clock
crooked, crocked
ticker stuck
at twenty to nine
after a whole night flying
whole night crying
whoo am I
whoo am I
whoo am I

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Raphael Bendahan, Sit Up


Sit Up - Poems from Raphael Bendahan
Published:
1st edition, 150 copies: April. 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9868890-0-4
Price: $15 CDN/US including shipping
26 pages
Status: In Print

By turns sensual, witty, mournful, acerbic, and cutting, these poems by Raphael Bendahan will make you sit up and listen.
.

CUTLERY


There is a gold set
That will serve eight.
A plated silver set
for formal dining.
A heavily used Moroccan set,
from my mother’s family.
And a dessert set with shiny spoons
A silver spatula and tiny forks.
Four sets in all I’ll never use
gifts for an imagined groom, a wedding
that won’t happen; knives, forks and spoons
and all that’s presupposed by those
more fortunate in love than cutlery.

Raphael Bendahan is a Montreal film maker, photographer and poet. His films have been screened nationally and internationally. Both his photography and film work are in numerous collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canada Council Art Bank, the University of New Mexico, Knokke Heist Film Archives in Belgium and the National Gallery of Canada.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Jocelyne Dubois, Hot Summer Night


Hot Summer Night - Poems from Jocelyne Dubois
Published:
1st edition, 100 copies: Aug. 2008
2nd edition, 50 copies: Oct. 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9868890-2-8
Price: $15 CDN/US including shipping
35 pages
28 poems
Status: In Print

Jocelyne Dubois’ poetry is characterized by limpid and at times searing clarity. This collection comprises a particularly courageous narration: Jocelyne suffers from bipolar disorder, and in these poems she takes us on a harrowing journey through breakdown, hospitalization and recovery...

ALLAN MEMORIAL


A stone mansion sits on top
of a hill.
Troubled minds visit each day.
Some stay a long while.
I think about the man
who lived here, years ago.
Horses & carriages
wine & duck
served on white linen.
When he died, he gave it all away.
Today, people drop in
for toast & coffee in Styrofoam.
They sit on plastic chairs,
swallow pills
& wait
to talk
to doctors.

Jocelyne Dubois’ novella, World of Glass (Quattro Books, 2013) was shortlisted for the 2013 QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction.  Her short stories have appeared in The Dalhousie Review, Exile, carte blanche, Transition and The Toronto Quarterly. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian Women Studies (York University) and Brèves Littéraires (in English and French translation). Jocelyne’s visual art has been exhibited in Montréal galleries, and may be seen at Jocelyne Dubois: Paintings.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Nina Bruck, Still Light at Five O’clock


Still Light at Five O'Clock - Poems from Nina Bruck
Published:
1st edition, 100 copies: Dec. 2007
2nd edition, 100 copies: Sept. 2008
ISBN: 978-0-9868890-1-1
25 pages
21 poems
Status: Out of Print; however a bound photocopy can be ordered from beedeecee@videotron.ca for $15 CA or US including postage
  • Nina Bruck was interviewed and read from Still Light on CBC Radio 1, The Sunday Edition (host: Michael Enright), and was featured on CBC TV’s Montreal Matters.
  • Winner of the 2008 Writer’s Circle of Durham Region Poetry Chapbook Challenge
Judges’ comments:
The poetry: This collection is a mature, wry, and accessible series of delightful, sure and confident poems. It is peopled with clearly evoked characters, places, and times – spanning the period from the ‘30s to the present – and captures exactly the different ages the poet lives through. There is no self-pity here, despite some rough times: radiation treatments faced with the hilarity of accurate observation (“Three young technicians aim my breast / at The Machine, / flee to another room”); the memory of a dead father beginning to fade, his cane in the basement “casting no shadows”; and the elegant sense that even after a lengthy failed marriage, the better memories will keep returning (“I made myself a dry martini, / missing the cool precision of his lemon peeler – / its perfect spiral”). And then there’s a playful but expert wordplay, the kind of thing that continues to make poetry, despite the seriousness of the theme, fun (“to the cold heat / in the sweat’s pit / where the orange rots / then the hot’s not / to the deaf eyes / and the tom thumb / and the legs bite / where the clocks run / and the song stops / on the second hand / and there’s no land / to land on”).
The chapbook: The book displays perfect, simple production values, the cover unadorned and of the same colour as the pages. Its outsized format and generous typeface contribute to the delight and seriousness of the collection. We have nothing but praise for the publisher’s production of this book.
*The two other winners were Teresa Donat Banks for Resident Alien and Bill Howell for Ghost Test Flights.

SPIRAL


The day my husband left
our G.P. choked on oaths un-Hippocratic.
“If pain persists,” he cried,
“throw his clothes out the window.”
I watched them fly: socks, shorts, shirts –
every single tie.
The day my husband left
I made myself a dry martini,
missing the cool precision of his lemon peeler –
its perfect spiral.

Nina Bruck, 1923-2015, was a poet possessed of the quickest intelligence and surest eye. Her lyrics, even at their most profound, are leavened by playful wit and a warm, easygoing sensuality. Ms Bruck’s poetry appeared in the Canadian Forum, in the Canadian League of Poets Vintage 96 and 97 anthologies, and was read on CBC radio (Morningside Papers and The Sunday Edition). In 1992, she won First Prize in Matrix Magazine’s “New Voices from Quebec” Competition. She also brought her talent as a keen observer to photography. Her colour photographic series “Signs of Life” was featured in a solo exhibition at the McCord Museum in Montreal.

CBC Books has re-posted David Gutnick’s mini-doc on Nina from The Sunday Edition.