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rob mclennan's Three Fall Books

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rob mclennan's Three Fall Books

rob mclennan, “editor, poet, critic, (insert literary role here),” is featured in Nathaniel G. Moore’s Critical Crushes blog. rob has three books coming out this fall: a novel called White (The Mercury Press), Ottawa: the Unknown City (Arsenal), and a collection of critical essays called subverting the lyric (ECW Press).

subverting the lyric works through mclennan’s years of writing, thinking, and blogging through literature, as reader, writer, performer, editor, critic, reviewer, and just plain fan of the art. In the fifteen essays, mclennan writes about travel, Canadian poets in general — and some very specifically — as well as his own investigations of the writer’s craft. Together, they remap our literary and linguistic landscape, “the contours, rifts, subductions, tectonic plates of the medium in which we exist,” inscribing a poetics of geography, process, and culture that is at once strikingly new and refreshingly communal. The breadth of mclennan’s take on Canadian poetry, alone, is remarkable: his ability to reconcile the concerns, successes, and failures of both the “mainstream” and the “fringe” of our literature urges — and begins — a critical overhaul that’s been long overdue.

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