Monday, March 4, 2013

new from above/ground press: Trace, by rob mclennan

rob mclennan

[dactyls, syllable, your bluesky dress]

One voice, among a thousand. Recreational, winter. Syllabi. Transmitted, boxwood. Weak, in this noise. Hand-painted ethics, sign. Sliced, misspelled, a principle of cross-stitch. Useful spurs, to feature. A park of open links. Natural depressions, slip. A delta made of decades, tulip. Endless, in the face of. Exhaust, and sooty diamonds. Hinged, the dream. Sheep continue, horses. Causeway, feathered features monument. Unsolicited birds. A bitter fence, this fertile colophon of property, remains. Straight stretches south, and south. Arcades, down Dow's Great Swamp. Dow's Lake.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
March 2013
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Produced, in part, as a handout for the 2013 AWP Conference and Bookfair, Boston MA, March 6 – 9, and the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, Buffalo NY, April 6 – 7, 2013. Thanks much to Sarah Rosenthal, Jill Stengel and Chris Fritton for their help and support.

To pick up a free copy at AWP, head over to the combined Black Radish / Dusie booth.

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 2011, 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), 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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