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Monday's Poem

photo credit: Lainna El Jabi
wild horses
missing persons


© 2010 rob mclennan

Born in Ottawa, Canada's glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of some twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, his most recent titles are the poetry collections gifts (Talonbooks), a compact of words (Salmon Poetry, Ireland), wild horses (University of Alberta Press) and a second novel, missing persons (The Mercury Press). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics ( and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater ( He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta. He is spending much of the current year in Toronto.

how it is I am not married
   (after Paige Ackerson-Kiely)

it was how you were curved
at the corner, spent mattress

steps we can't now go back on

if I knew I would tell you,
what I no longer can

the dark toll of bell, or
vague downside of up

where we go when it breaks

what does it mean when we say
the world ends?

a turn in the humidex

hotel room the colour
of beautiful imaginings

gone stagnant from still

where beauty now pools

if I can't live w/out you,
how is it I here?