from THE BOOK OF SMALLER by rob mclennan
2017 CBC Poetry Prize longlist
rob mclennan has made the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize longlist for from THE BOOK SMALLER.
The author of more than 30 trade books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, rob mclennan is home full-time with the two wee girls he shares with poet Christine McNair. His most recent titles include The Uncertainty Principle: stories and the poetry collection A perimeter, with two further full-length poetry titles forthcoming in 2018. His chapbook press, above/ground press, is coming into the quarter-century mark. He spent the 2007/2008 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta.
Entry in five-ish words
An assemblage of prose poems
The poem's source of inspiration
"Given my wife's second maternity leave ended this past April, and preschool ended for our big girl in June, I knew I'd have a shorter attention span for writing this year. Since December, I've been working on 'the book of smaller' as a manuscript of short, essay-poems, circling around geography, current events and children/domestic. I'd been the year aiming to complete the manuscript this fall, once our big girl began junior kindergarten, and the wee one began preschool; once that occurred, I aimed to rebuilt a larger attention span for the possibly of short fiction…"
Civilization is neither prose. How long is a yardstick. Berate the invention of silt, the edge of a sudden season. Sentences are no longer in fashion. All images are clustered: Jesus was never your co-pilot. When you scan the sky, what have you. Once upon a time is deliberately evasive. Ants are the only creatures fulfilling exactness. Is this not a country. We are never at rest.