The Ottawa City Project

By rob mclennan

The Ottawa City Project
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Working in the tradition of such previous poetry collections as Daphne Marlatt's Vancouver Poems (1972), George Bowering's Kerrisdale Elegies (1986), Joe Blades' River Suite (1998) and, closer to home, William Hawkins' own Ottawa Poems (1966), rob mclennan's thirteenth trade ... Read more


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Working in the tradition of such previous poetry collections as Daphne Marlatt's Vancouver Poems (1972), George Bowering's Kerrisdale Elegies (1986), Joe Blades' River Suite (1998) and, closer to home, William Hawkins' own Ottawa Poems (1966), rob mclennan's thirteenth trade poetry collection The Ottawa City Project reads like a love song to a city caught between competing identities of local and national. The poems in this collection work to not only reflect the more conservative, even bureaucratic aspects of the city, but the myths of the city, and work through references and concerns that go completely against those myths, into their own stories, and into the realities of the city itself.

rob mclennan

Born in Ottawa, Canada's glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa, where he is home full-time with the two wee girls he shares with Christine McNair. The author of more than thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, the Council for the Arts in Ottawa Mid-Career Award in 2014, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012 and 2017. In March, 2016, he was inducted into the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour. His most recent poetry titles include A halt, which is empty (Mansfield Press, 2019), Life sentence, (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019) and the book of smaller (University of Calgary Press, 2022). In spring 2020, he won 'best pandemic beard' from Coach House Books via Twitter, of which he is extremely proud (and mentions constantly). He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at robmclennan.blogspot.com.

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