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
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.