Wednesday, December 08, 2010
a new poetry collection by rob mclennan: 52 flowers (or, a perth edge) -- an essay on phil hall --
52 flowers (or, a perth edge)
-- an essay on Phil Hall --
by rob mclennan
52 flowers (or, a perth edge) exists as an essay-in-poems, a sequence responding to the "Ontario Gothic" poetry of Perth, Ontario poet Phil Hall, focusing on the Griffin-nominated An Oak Hunch (Brick, 2005). If the best response to a poem, as Margaret Atwood once said, is another poem, then this, in fact, is the finest response.
Born in Ottawa, Canada's glorious capital city, where he currently lives, rob mclennan is the author of nearly two dozen trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, including the novel missing persons (The Mercury Press, 2009), the poetry collections Glengarry (Talonbooks, 2011) and Poems for Lainna (BuschekBooks, 2011), and subverting the lyric: essays (ECW Press, 2008). A prolific editor, publisher and reviewr, he blogs regularly at robmclennan.blogspot.com