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, his most recent titles include The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Chaudiere Books, 2014) and the poetry collection A perimeter (New Star Books, 2016). An editor and publisher, 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



Five poems for the Queensway-Carleton Hospital




Dated periodicals, carved and cut up. Scratched, pastels.


Blue is not the same as.


Tension, scribed. Described some reddish, white. Can see a difference.


Remedies. Write out your name.


She, wrists. They push aside, in tendon.




I hate to leave this, antiseptic. Car parked. Pumps blood through each wrist.


A line for death.




Phone translates. An error. Likeless.


Jar of parakeets. Inscribed. So slightly, out-of-addled. Tune.


The universe was helpful. Beautiful. The car-port.


Is the bandage. Rub.




Vintage sand and circles. Sweeps the entrance.




The hand is necessary.

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