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 robmclennan.blogspot.com

 

 

Five poems for the Queensway-Carleton Hospital

 

1.

 

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.

 

2.

 

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

 

A line for death.

 

3.

 

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.

 

4.

 

Vintage sand and circles. Sweeps the entrance.

 

5.

 

The hand is necessary.

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