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Monday March 29, 2010 in Books
The Richard Brautigan Ahhhhhhhhhhh covers the range of love, loss and learning that have made rob mclennan one of the most exciting young poets in Canada. The language of the poems, though thoroughly grounded in the media culture of television and film, casts a deceptively familiar veil over the breadth and depth of reading which inform this work—from the seveneteeth century platonist mystics to what his companions on the poetry trail were writing at last night’s soirée, a crowd of voices, asides, references, allusions and whispers is constantly pushing and expanding his line forward. Marvelously self-taught in the school of poets, mclennan’s work is refreshingly free of pretense and category. The impressive and exhaustive range of poets and writers with whom he has learned is simply there, in his work-present, in the current text, not absent in some far, or even near, distant past. This is the work of a young man who has paid his dues and done his homework. There is also a kind of subtle humour here, born of the care with which mclennan keeps his lines clear of the dead-ends of self-consciousness, allowing the language to free itself from the page, and to be heard as well as read.
ISBN 13: 9780889224247 | ISBN 10: 889224242
6 W x 9 H inches | 96 pages
$15.95 CAN / $11.95 US
Backlist | Poetry | Bisac: POE011000
QUOTES OF NOTE
Just the right combination of details…carefully crafted, each line shifting the image slightly…
— Books in Canada
Archibald Lampman Poetry Award Nominee, 2000.
About the Contributorsrob mclennan
The author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction in a number of countries, rob mclennan has published work in over two hundred trade journals in fourteen countries and three languages, and performed in Ireland, England, Wales, the United States and across Canada.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.