Thursday, March 22, 2012

new from above/ground press: This, circular tower by rob mclennan

This, circular tower
rob mclennan

we uncover an assortment of clues, the task of sorting
after Lise Downe’s This Way (2012)

the difficulties of precision: you

what multitudes left, some generations back

Victorian, spoke (these qualities, reversed

not to say the stretch of line was ever lacking, thus

(a conjecture, politely arranged in single lines)

questioning what might be

a signpost, regiment of flightless birds

might consider, in proportion

useless, and aesthetic

your notebook, my omissions

Toronto Island trees

, a stem

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
March 2012
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

This chapbook is a translation of Deborah Poe’s Keep (2012) [see my review of such here].

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, his most recent titles are the poetry collections grief notes: (BlazeVOX [books], 2012), A (short) history of l. (BuschekBooks, 2011), Glengarry (Talonbooks, 2011) and kate street (Moira, 2011), and a second novel, missing persons (2009). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), The Garneau Review (, seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics ( and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater ( 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

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; outside Canada, add $2) to: rob mclennan, 402 McLeod St #3, Ottawa ON K2P 1A6 or paypal at

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