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Rusty’s Reading List 2015 | November 21, 2015

rob photo in philadelphia october 4 2014 by stephen brockwell


(photo by Stephen Brockwell)

Rob McLennan gave me this chapbook at some point and, as happens all too often, in ended up in The Pile. Well, it made its way back to the top and I had the chance to sit down and read it, cover to cover.

Very interesting. Rob’s poetry is challenging for someone like me, who has come to poetry through spoken word. In spoken word (most of the time) meaning is paramount, but also rarely hidden. Reading Rob’s words on first glance feels like unconnected lines grabbed from different pieces. But when you read them a little more holistically, they will often ‘feel’ right together, if you get what I am meaning.

There is a reason why Rob is so respected in the Ottawa poetry community.


My year in books:

Escarpment Pages – Rob McLennan
Arc Poetry Magazine #76 – Winter 2015
The New Yorker Reader: True Crime
X – Shane Rhodes
Plane Tickets Printed On Broken Glass – Mike McGee
Issues with Etiquette – Sean O’Gorman
Madness, Rack, and Honey – Mary Ruefle
The Hottest Summer in Recorded History – Elizabeth Bachinsky
^^^^^^^^^^ – Stevie Howell
Zurita – Raul Zurita
What Does A House Want? – Gary Geddes
Twenty-five Years of Tree – James Moran & Jennifer Mulligan (ed)
Thanks For Nothing, Hippies – Sarah Clancy
Ocean – Sue Goyette
Come Cold River – Karen Connelly
Touch the Donkey Vol. 1
Memory – Ottawa Capital Slam Poetry Team – 2014
Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
Some Remarks – Neal Stephenson
A Brief Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien – Nigel Cawthorne
Distrust The Particular Flavor – William Gibson
Shouting Your Name Down The Well – David McFadden
Thousand Times Broken, Three Books – Henri Michaux
Stained Pages – Sean O’Gorman


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