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A Compact of Words

Authors: Rob McLellan

Published by Salmon Poetry

ISBN: 9781907056116

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A Compact of Words, Canadian poet Rob McLennan's fifteenth trade poetry title, comes out of a series of reflections on domestic matters - a break-up, his daughter - influenced by the ghazal as brought into Canadian literature through the American ex-pat John Thompson in the 1970s.

Through disparate leaps, the lines write as much between them as the words themselves, writing out a clear and present labyrinthine voice that goes beyond even what the words themselves convey. Where not a word is wasted.

Rob McLennan was born in Ottawa in 1970. He has published nearly two dozen trade titles of poetry, fiction and non-fiction in Canada, England and Ireland, and his poetry, fiction and critical work has appeared in over one hundred journals and anthologies in fourteen countries and in three languages. A prolific editor and publisher, he has edited a number of books for publishers including Insomniac Press, NeWest Press, Guernica Editions, Black Moss and Vehicule, and is the editor/publisher of above/ground press and the long poem magazine STANZAS (both founded in 1993), the online critical journal Poetics.ca (with Ottawa poet Stephen Brockwell), the Ottawa poetry annual ottawater (ottawater.com), the online critical journal seventeen seconds and (with Jennifer Mulligan) the trade literary publishing house Chaudiere Books. 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. He will be spending much of the next year in Toronto.
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