rob mclennan | Ottawa, ON | LCP member since 1998


First you know, and then so ordinary,

I wanted to say: the big dumb
excuse of me,

the phone rings
all the way from lakeshore,

Toronto Island Airport

a school bus with its top down,
subtracted,

sling that holds

if the power of thought
could actually move the sky,

the earth, long enough

dare to pick at raw skin
, call it

first heart she tied her horse to

remember to be pushed
alive,

* * *
The author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, rob
mclennan’s most recent titles are the poetry collections Glengarry (Talonbooks, 2011), kate street (Moira, 2011) and wild horses (University of Alberta Press, 2010) and a second novel, missing persons (The Mercury Press, 2009). He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at robmclennan.blogspot.com

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