Origin story:

Certain parts of the body inhabit the world.
Andrea Rexilius, To Be Human is to be a Conversation

To say statement, story, mislead. Ordinary notebooks. You: a tightening of chords. An open voice, designed. Hair full of fabric, gold. Music, not yet heard. Birds, staccato. Gesture, punctuation.

Heights, your preface grows. Laws of gravity, swell of you, this noise. We do not lend to explanation. Sun shines, and the body sets. The telling lingers.

Architecture, slip. Each continent, invents new forms. Snow-floating seeds. We held the scaffolding, driven through the wood. Or, is; compounded only.

Precision, meaning. Speak of severance. A break. What might have been a poem, shattered. Sugar. Where water left each subsequent line. What we might call the meaning thus.

How you began: begun. A light you tumbled, through.

Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. His most recent titles are the poetry collections Songs for little sleep, (Obvious Epiphanies, 2012) and grief notes: (BlazeVOX [books], 2012), and a second novel, missing persons (2009). The Uncertainty Principle: stories, is scheduled to appear in spring 2014. An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books, The Garneau Review (ottawater.com/garneaureview), seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (ottawater.com/seventeenseconds) and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater (ottawater.com). 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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