Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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.

Here are the chapbooks published so far. Click on them for quick access to info., cover image and a sample poem of each book.

Ethel Meilleur, Funny Girl: $15
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

Prices in CA for Canadian orders or US for international orders, including postage

To order, contact: beedeecee@videotron.ca


Published:
1st edition, 100 copies: December 2019
2nd edition, 100 copies: January 2020
ISBN: 978-0-9868890-7-3
Price: $15 CDN/US including shipping
33 pages
Standard paper, cardstock cover
Status: In Print



Ethel Meilleur's Funny Girl is absolutely a must-read:
Lusty in lung and busty in breath, these poems are
gusty with gusto. You gotta read em aloud, shout em out,
and bust out laughin--appropriately--when you comprehend
the gutsy Black, back-country wisdom, the Africadian, 
aphoristic backtalk, and the bluesy narratives that the poet
throws down. These lyrics are hoe-down, show-down, and
get-down at sundown. Only a serious Funny Girl can deliver
lines like these: "Wrap me in your personality / and roll me
off your tongue // open your mouth and let the river run through /
while I fish into your taste buds." Mmm, mmm, mmm. Amen,
Amen, Amen-Ra, Rah-Rah-Rah.

George Elliott Clarke
7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016 & 2017)



DUST BUNNY GRANNY HERE

Someone asked, Hey Dust Bunny Granny
was ya ever married
damn straight I was
I was married to Bugs Bunny but
he hopped around on me
I divorced him for Goofy
that was a goof-up
I left him for Dagwood
Dagwood fed me so many fattening sandwiches
I gained one hundred and fifty pounds
I left him for Porky Pig and now
I’m full of shit!



Ethel Meilleur was born in 1950 in Truro, Nova Scotia and moved to Montreal in her teens, where she now lives. She has worked in factories, in sales, in domestic and customer service, and late in life returned to high school and continued on as a mature student in creative writing at Concordia University. She has two children, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Her work in the Timeless Voices anthology by The International Library of Poets earned Meilleur their nomination as Poet of the Year in 2006. Meilleur’s poetry has also appeared in Kola, The Blasted Tree, Concordia Write Nights and various other publications.


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.