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bagne, or Criteria for Heaven
by rob mclennan
Edited by Judith Fitzgerald

“rob mclennan may do some very fine things that will surprise us all.”
— John Newlove, The Toronto Star

bagne, or Criteria for Heaven was written as a response to “the end is nigh” fears. a reaction, perhaps, to the arbitrariness of the triple zero score & the movement that occurred despite reason, & the subsequent hangover that would happen the following morn. the resulting text, built in ninety-three interconnected poems, move through history, religion, mass culture & the immediate “I/eye”; through shifting voices & the unknown “she,” ever permanent. taking each title from the last line of another author’s poem & so credited, for/from, by author & rolling ahead, each new thread pulling against the rest. this is very much a millennium book of the constructions that free & restrain us (bagne = prison, labour camp) published in the grey year between centuries.”
— rob mclennan

rob mclennan is winner of the Canadian Authors Association Air Canada Award for most promising writer under the age of 30. An Ottawa poet, reviewer, and the editor of Written in the Skin (Insomniac Press), he is the author of over two dozen poetry chapbooks and numerous books. He is editor of our cauldron books series, publisher of above/ground press literary microbrewery, and coordinator of small press action network-ottawa (span-o).
His books with Broken Jaw include being one of five poets in Open 24 Hours (1997), Notes on drowning (1998), Manitoba highway map (1999), bagne, or Criteria for Heaven (2000), editor of & contributor to Shadowy Technicians: New Ottawa Poets (2000), Paper Hotel (2002) and Groundswell, editor (2003).

Cover art by Tom Fowler/Big Bug Illustration

Sept 2000 / 9” x 6” &/or 8.5” x 5.5” / 120 pp / poetry (BISAC: POE011000)
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 1-896647-32-4 (tp) / $18.95
BJP eBook 4, ISBN 1-896647-39-1 (PDF)