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Rusty’s Reading List 2017 | May 21, 2017


There have been a number of things read this year directly because of rob mclennan, but out of all of those things, this is the most rob of them all. Because, you know, it is by rob mclennan.
I easily admit a couple of things. First, rob is a friend. He is a genuinely good guy who does good things for poetry in Ottawa. His induction to the VERSeOttawa Hall of Honour last year was well deserved.
The second thing is that I have a hard time with his poetry. I don’t mean that I have a hard time with its quality – more that I often don’t really understand what he is trying to say. It is fairly opaque and I am not always up to the task.
Other times, however, something will jump out at me and things come into crystal focus.
rob made this chapbook in honour of his birthday and he gave me a copy. There is some stuff inhere that really jumped out at me. ‘Sentences my mother used’ starts as amusing but actually ends in a smart way that made me nod and go “ahhh.” πŸ™‚
Then there was ‘Tales of Brother Obvious; which prompted me to go find Ruthanne so I could read it out-loud to somebody.

Good stuff. Happy belated, Rob.

Books read in 2017

Forth-seventh birthday – rob mclennan
Li’l Bastard – David McGimpsey
Love is a Tree you Planted – Mary Pinkoski
oratorealis #3
Muybridge’s Horses – Rob Winger
Trouble Boys – The True Story of the Replacements – Bob Mehr
A Magical Mystery Tour – Inside the Coach House Press
Arc Poetry Magazine #80
Dancing Alone – William Hawkins
Peter F. Yacht Club #24
Canticles I (MMXVI) – George Elliott Clarke
Touch the Donkey #9
Touch the Donkey #12
Arc Poetry Magazine #81
The Emperor of Water Clocks – Yusef Komunakaa
Warhorses – Yusef Komunyakaa
The Mosquito Coast – Paul Theroux
Guff Ink – Wes Ryan
Hurting God – Rita Ann Higgins

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