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Notes on drowning
rob mclennan

“One of the most promising voices of his generation”
Toronto Star

“[A] preternaturally gifted wordsmith [whose] rough-cut gems sparkle ...”
Books in Canada

“sensitive control ... over his physical and poetic domain”

Someone once wrote, “rob mclennan deals with culture the way Frank O’Hara did.” Exploring the world around him, not only in an immediate way through the personal and physical, his poetry reflects larger concerns of the human experience, amid the gloss of pop culture. In this his first full collection, a book of sequences, mclennan moves through multiple waves, from the title sequence, a point-by-point crumbling at the end of a relationship, to the ten poem sequence “hiroshima”, as a safe but uncertain witness to the 50th anniversary of the bombings. In his own words, Notes on drowning, in mclennan’s words, is “a book of dislocations, about the things that divide, and eventually overwhelm.”

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).

June 1998 / 9” x 6” / 88 pp / poetry (BISAC: POE011000)
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 0-921411-75-8 (tp) / $16.95
BJP eBook 33, ISBN 1-896647-76-6 (PDF)