Curated by Canadian writer, editor and publisher rob mclennan, the “spotlight” series appears the first Monday of every month.

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Poetry involves so much waiting. We all know this: waiting for that door somewhere to open and the poem to walk out — not knowing where the door is or…


Curated by Canadian writer, editor and publisher rob mclennan, the “spotlight” series appears the first Monday of every month.

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S.C. Ells (1878–1971), also known as “the father of the tar sands,” was a civil servant who worked for the Department of Mines from 1913 to 1945, devoting most of…


Curated by Canadian writer, editor and publisher rob mclennan, the “spotlight” series appears the first Monday of every month.

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I feel my poems are instruments for dropping into a physical body, each felt sensation moment to moment the only true experience I will ever have. The past in its…


Curated by Canadian writer, editor and publisher rob mclennan, the “spotlight” series appears the first Monday of every month.

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I have to see a shape. Without a shape, I could have all the language in the world but wouldn’t know where to put it. The shape could be for…


Curated by Canadian writer, editor and publisher rob mclennan, the “spotlight” series appears the first Monday of every month.

statement: have been holding onto these. handle with care

transcription poem 49
SHADOWS BLINKBLINK FIDDLEHEADS SPINE AS I COME CLOSE CLOSER TO A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF GREEN/ BY WHICH I MEAN —…


Curated by Canadian writer, editor and publisher rob mclennan, the “spotlight” series appears the first Monday of every month.

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Constrained poetry mesmerizes me. Although I know it’s not legerdemain, it almost feels that way. Over the last while I’ve tried my hand at these feats, drafting erasures, lipograms (both…


Curated by Canadian writer, editor and publisher rob mclennan, the “spotlight” series appears the first Monday of every month.

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My poems often deal with the lack/failure of language to communicate as well as a feminist theory of sorts. My process involves me reading lots of work by other artists…


Curated by Canadian writer, editor and publisher rob mclennan, the “spotlight” series appears the first Monday of every month.

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“Vancouver Does Not Taste Like Calgary” appears early in my forthcoming book Coast Mountain Foot, which attempts to map out the material and affective overlap between Calgary and Vancouver. The…


Curated by Canadian writer, editor and publisher rob mclennan, the “spotlight” series appears the first Monday of every month.

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Often my poems begin when I’m walking.
Mostly my poems begin with observing.
Writing is also listening.
Frequently my poems expand.
Touch is important.
I like to sew words while I’m drafting to get a…


Curated by Canadian writer, editor and publisher rob mclennan, the “spotlight” series appears the first Monday of every month.

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Sonnets have preoccupied my attention for the past couple of years. I like the resistant form, the pressures of syntax and beat. Sonnets are little soundings, architectures for listening into…

rob mclennan

poet, fiction writer, editor, reviewer, critic, publisher: robmclennan.blogspot.com

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