for Christine McNair,
Tell me more about
and winter fruit
Juliana Leslie, More Radiant Signal
Long held, tradition. Bodes. A swimmer's tongue, a toque. This camoflauge. We open at the waist.
I live, inside. So, lost at sea. Orchestral. The middle of a boy. Blind knot, among.
Misunderstandings. Limit, some. A twitterfeed. The possibilities of narratives, themes.
To bring her paper, eat. Long foot, they sketch. Model, cast. A train is not a marriage.
Immaculate. Without the aid of, mirrors. Marketing, a greater language. Listen, son.
Not, out of mind. Poor scowling mouths. Who says, the wind. A street name. Who says, pour.
When, is attitude enough. Our midnight throats, a scar. Sweet, swallow. Birds.
Somewhere between ten, eleven. An organized blur, she vanished. I pictured, sun. Myself.
Split, into a middle. Term. Arms, through skin. Another contour, wake. This. How, I do not say.
I want, vernacular. Swimming, hub of stars. Ophelia, Kryptonite. Sad songs. You, this youness.
Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan [photo by Christine McNair] 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 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), as well as a slew of recent chapbooks with above/ground press, little red leaves textile editions, Corrupt Press, Grey Borders Books, Gorse Press, Free Poetry For, unarmed journal, &then&then, The Red Ceilings Press, Apostrophe Press and Smallminded Books. An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), The Garneau Review (www.ottawater.com/garneaureview), seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (www.ottawater.com/seventeenseconds) and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater (www.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 www.robmclennan.blogspot.com