The Richard Brautigan Ahhhhhhhhhhh

By rob mclennan

The Richard Brautigan Ahhhhhhhhhhh
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The Richard Brautigan Ahhhhhhhhhhh covers the range of love, loss and learning that have made rob mclennan one of the most exciting young poets in Canada. The language of the poems, though thoroughly grounded in the media culture of television and film, casts a deceptively familiar ... Read more


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The Richard Brautigan Ahhhhhhhhhhh covers the range of love, loss and learning that have made rob mclennan one of the most exciting young poets in Canada. The language of the poems, though thoroughly grounded in the media culture of television and film, casts a deceptively familiar veil over the breadth and depth of reading which inform this work?from the seventeenth century platonist mystics to what his companions on the poetry trail were writing at last night’s soirée, a crowd of voices, asides, references, allusions and whispers is constantly pushing and expanding his line forward. marvellously self-taught in the school of poets, mclennan’s work is refreshingly free of pretence and category. The impressive and exhaustive range of poets and writers with whom he has learned is simply there, in his work-present, in the current text, not absent in some far, or even near, distant past. This is the work of a young man who has paid his dues and done his homework. There is also a kind of subtle humour here, born of the care with which mclennan keeps his lines clear of the dead-ends of self-consciousness, allowing the language to free itself from the page, and to be heard as well as read.

rob mclennan

rob mclennan is the author of some two dozen trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, won the CAA/Air Canada Prize in 1999, the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2013. He has edited collections for numerous presses, including YOU AND YOUR BRIGHT IDEAS: NEW MONTREAL WRITING (w/ Andy Brown, Vehicule Press, 2001), side/lines: A New Canadian Poetics (Insomniac Press, 2002), evergreen:six new poets (Black Moss Press, 2002), Decalogue: Ten Ottawa Poets (Chaudiere Books, 2006), Decalogue 2: Ten Ottawa Fiction Writers (Chaudiere Books, 2007) and the forthcoming Nebulous medicine: the essays, statements and reviews of Andrew Suknaski (Writer as Critic Series, NeWest Press, 2014).

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