Thursday, September 15, 2016

new from Apostrophe Press: A perimeter, by rob mclennan

If anyone is interested, I have a couple of copies left of this limited-edition chapbook, an excerpt of my forthcoming poetry title with New Star (October).

A perimeter
rob mclennan


The property boundary is handmade (shared). Fluid,
and only fluid. Unless
you know precisely where. The skin

and space of white noise (hearth). One hundred foot of fence.

Language is impermanent. We retain nothing, have no
specific form. The latent grass, explode; infect
the yard and underneath the stone-work.

The neighbour’s garden, glistens. Scars. We translate always
from another.


my personal association. The lawn requires trim,

and so it does.

A sanity short of despair. Lawn ornaments
are temporal. And yet: this sky of relative divergence
upon the written word, my daughter’s

childhood memories. What separates us
no more a thickness

than this house brick. At best, let’s say.

published in Ottawa by Apostrophe Press
September 2016

published in Ottawa for the author’s Patreon supporters, as well as for limited distribution as part of the above/ground press 23rd anniversary reading/launch/party at Black Squirrel Books, Ottawa, September 10, 2016, and PHILALALIA, the three-day small press/art fair, September 15-17, 2016 in Philadelphia PA. Thanks much to Kevin Varrone for his help and support.

The poem “A perimeter” is the title poem from a new poetry title to appear this fall from New Star Books, Vancouver.

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; outside Canada, add $2) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9 or paypal at

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