Washed ashore in statehood, long escaped from Rotterdam,
what might he know of low-hung rooftops, turret-stone, a bridge
held down eight centuries
of charter. Neither New York, nor his Island hideaway,
beyond his reach, a bray of school-bells,
silent throng of students cross the football fields.
Castle Hill, no trace of Viking rule. Once more, into the breach.
King Kong, inclined to lechery, a lack of forethought,
keeps close to ground, displaying Newton’s accidents of gravity.
A million miles between: a sense of fair play, given
existential due. If he could, ignite the football fields. He chews
the stupid mint.
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Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2011, and his most recent titles are the poetry collections Songs for little sleep, (Obvious Epiphanies, 2012), grief notes: (BlazeVOX [books], 2012), A (short) history of l. (BuschekBooks, 2011), Glengarry (Talonbooks, 2011) and kate street (Moira, 2011), and a second novel, missing persons (2009). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), The Garneau Review (ottawater.com/garneaureview), seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (ottawater.com/seventeenseconds) and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater (ottawater.com). 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.
This is his first contribution to Snake-Oil Cure.
Guest-edited by Michael Fitzgerald-Clarke