Two Poems by rob mclennan

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Two Poems by rob mclennan

from Glossary of Musical Terms


The Key of S

Hymn, antiphonal. Response, response. A trace of fruit-flies, wind. And from this lyric,
amplified. This earth. Project, bond. So we might see. Easy. Poem, poem, tumble. Sea, to
see. Divergent, sky. Deer, a drop of wax. Design, a slip-track.

Words for snow. Need not exist.


The Key of Thirds

Call, a number. Metaphor, blinded. Comma, comma, blank. I prefer stories. A scented
conclusion. Grey curl of an eyelash, progress. If only body parts. Burning house, a delicate
happenstance. Multiply, we. Classical, we do or make. Or make a wish. The slowness of. We
are still asking. Wake, to greet you. Interruptions, visible.

Call, horizon. Warped, a framing. Tap your unborn feet.



Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. His most recent titles include the forthcoming notes and dispatches: essays (Insomniac press, 2014) and The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Chaudiere Books, 2014), as well as the poetry collection Songs for little sleep, (Obvious Epiphanies, 2012), and a second novel, missing persons (2009). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books, The Garneau Review, seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater ( 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



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