POEMS FOR A RETURN TO THE WORLD (2022)
POEMS FOR A RETURN TO THE WORLD explores the terrain of life and loss during a global pandemic. Carefully assembled and contemplative, this collection tiptoes through the delicacies faced when exploring ourselves and our histories — pondering how we might possibly return this newly developed self to the world.
About The Author
Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa, where he is home full-time with the two wee girls he shares with Christine McNair. The author of more than thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, the Council for the Arts in Ottawa Mid-Career Award in 2014, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012 and 2017. In March, 2016, he was inducted into the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour. His most recent titles include the poetry collection the book of smaller (University of Calgary Press, 2022), and a suite of pandemic essays, essays in the face of uncertainties (Mansfield Press, 2022).
An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, periodicities: a journal of poetry and poetics (periodicityjournal.blogspot.com) and Touch the Donkey (touchthedonkey.blogspot.com). He is editor of my (small press) writing day, and an editor/managing editor of many gendered mothers. In spring 2020, he won ‘best pandemic beard’ from Coach House Books via Twitter, of which he is extremely proud (and mentions constantly). 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
36 pp., 8.25" x 5.5"
Limited edition letterpressed jacket
Threadbound in a cover of Indian hemp paper with Thai mango / banana flyleaf
Praise for POEMS FOR A RETURN TO THE WORLD
"These poems document life in the pandemic, elegizing loss and celebrating the quotidian. With his characteristic wit and care, mclennan attends to the daily rhythms of unusual times, searching out how to write a return to the world by finding 'a threaded language for every future' — and he succeeds marvellously." — Andy Weaver