52 flowers (or, a perth edge) exists as an essay-in-poems, a sequence responding to the "Ontario Gothic" poetry of Perth, Ontario poet Phil Hall,
focusing on the Griffin-nominated An Oak... More > Hunch (Brick, 2005). If the best response to a poem, as Margaret Atwood once said, is another poem, then
this, in fact, is the finest response.< Less
Here is a book glistening with the luminous fragments of a sharply observed world. The poems in this collection hum with precious nouns, gathered by a mind that gifts us language in lieu of standard... More > commodities. Here is a book that gives us a chance to consume beauty, to ingest wonder. mclennan makes poems that "would coax entire spectrums" of thought, that lavish us with a tumble of images, sounds, philosophy. Read this book if you want to be spellbound: his is a kaleidoscopic vision that reveals something new, something dazzling, at every turn.
Hillary Gravendyk< Less