Thursday, June 20, 2024

new from above/ground press: i wanted to say something, an elegy, by rob mclennan

I wanted to say something,
: an elegy,
, for Barry McKinnon (1944-2023)
rob mclennan

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
June 2024
published simultaneously online as part of the tribute folio Barry McKinnon (1944-2023), eds. Jeremy Stewart and Donna Kane, at periodicites: a journal of poetry and poetics
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

cover photo: Rae Armantrout and Barry McKinnon at VERSeFest: Ottawa’s International Poetry Festival, March 2012.
photo credit: rob mclennan

Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa, where he is home full-time with the two wee girls he shares with Christine McNair. The author of more than thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, the Council for the Arts in Ottawa Mid-Career Award in 2014, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012 and 2017. In March, 2016, he was inducted into the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour. His most recent titles include the poetry collection World’s End, (ARP Books, 2023), a suite of pandemic essays, essays in the face of uncertainties (Mansfield Press, 2022) and the anthology groundwork: the best of the third decade of above/ground press 2013-2023 (Invisible Publishing, 2023), as well as a recent chapbook through Montreal’s Turret Press, and a further forthcoming with Toronto publisher Gap Riot Press. His collection of short stories, On Beauty (University of Alberta Press) is scheduled to appear in August 2024, and a further poetry title, the book of sentences, is forthcoming with University of Calgary Press.

This is mclennan’s sixty-ninth above/ground press chapbook, following the recent river / estuaries (with Julie Carr; 2023), edgeless : letters, (2023), The Alta Vista Improvements (2023), Autobiography (2022), SOME LEAVES (with Gary Barwin; 2020), Twenty-one stories, (2020), Poems for Lunch Poems for SFU (2020), Somewhere in-between / cloud (2019), Study of a fox (2018), snow day (2018) and It’s still winter (2017), etcetera.

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; in US, add $2; outside North America, add $5) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9. E-transfer or PayPal at rob_mclennan (at) or the PayPal button at

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