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Monday March 29, 2010 in Books

what's left

By rob mclennan

what’s left, a book in six related sections, presents us with cues and clues to the poet’s compositional strategies. The first section, “hazelnut,” measures time as the unfolding life of space. It alludes to mclennan’s long term genealogy project, in which he discovers traces of the Sumerian flood, Etruscans, Icelanders and Robert the Bruce hidden in “Indian Lands,” waiting to be discovered like “gilded coffins in Egypt, undisturbed, as yet,” along with other “‘ancient’ remains, now ‘decades-old,’” of our more recent, cash-crop culture. This hopeful search for a unified thread of narrative continuity in our shared physical landscape is undermined by the road-poems of the book’s second section, “interim report,” where the poet finds himself “somewhere between love and madness,” only to discover in the third section that the pursuit of a collective historical voice might well be merely a search for a little white li(n)e.

Section four, “cooley’s key,” shifts the identity/narrative search from the “other” to the “self,” with an ironic platonic toss of the active body in favour of its passive intentions: “‘he says in the old days, eh, all / they cared abt was sex & grades, eh, but now / all they care abt is grades … where / has the ambition gone.” Section five, “paisley,” dead-ends in an artfully constructed fractal barrage of global nostalgia: a series of endlessly over- and under-stated images of idealized neighbourhoods where lawns are cut with mullets and relationships are cut into periodic tables by intrusive punctuation. Finally in section six, we find “what’s left: coda,” a return to the particulars of the poet’s “territory”: not a “mighty oak from a tiny acorn grown,” but a hazelnut thicket in which a multiplicity of voices is heard.

ISBN 13: 9780889224988 | ISBN 10: 889224986
6 W x 9 H inches | 144 pages
$16.95 CAN / $12.95 US
Rights: World
Backlist | Poetry | Bisac: POE011000

QUOTES OF NOTE

“mclennan works with a genuine verbal invention and his cultural ephemera laid out in pastiche make a strong impression.”

— University of Toronto Quarterly

About the Contributors

rob 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.

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