As if rob mclennan didn’t have enough to do following the birth of his and Christine’s lovely Rose!
Using his super-human multi-tasking powers, he interviewed me in Touch the Donkey
Supplement #2. We talked about riffing on Shakespeare and connecting poetry and music.
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Three poems of mine (“Page Dust for Will”) are in the premiere issue (print!) of Touch the Donkey
, published by rob mclennan in Ottawa. I’m in good company with Eric Baus, Hailey Higdon, rob mclennan, Norma Cole, Elizabeth Robinson, Rachel Moritz, Gil McElroy and Pattie McCarthy.
Click the image below to get to the magazine’s website and . . . well, you know:
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is my second chap from rob mclennan’s Above/Ground Press (the first was 2011’s If Leaf, Then Arpeggio
). This one’s a two-fer — it contains minimalist poems from my manuscript R Is the Artichoke of Rose
as well as material from the cosmic peregrinations of Blueshift Road
, a work in progress.
The title poem, “Sugar Beach,” gets its name from a white sand beach on Lake Ontario a couple of blocks from my home, with a view of the Redpath sugar plant; the cover’s Fragonard painting, “The Swing,” is a link in the poem’s chain of thoughts, along with a Smith & Wesson, a trapeze artist, and a black pigeon.
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to order a copy from Above/Ground Press. Reviews of the chap are welcome.
Below is a sample poem from the collection, “Endless Regression of Heavens,” first published by Similar Peaks
Endless Regression of Heavens
Glaciers dribble foreign rocks
as dawn releases chicory blue.
Its fickle hues waltz round equator,
spool, top, dizzy moon, gainly
as the patter of millipedes ruffling
toward a country with no flag
but fields of chicory blue. Horizon,
chromatic with moments. What
of the next and the next, plunging
into myth evolving in the deeps?
Haunting the deeps while manning
the crow’s nest? With each finite
duration we arrive closer by half
to a famished constellation,
blinking beast perpetually devouring
a platter of chicory blue.
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A poem from my manuscript Blueshift Road
, “Da Capo al Fine,” has been featured at Dusie
. Thanks to rob mclennan for asking me to contribute!
Thanks to Cort Bledsoe for his beautifully-written review of Looms
. I appreciate the way he takes the time to delve into and quote from individual poems. Read his review here:
To order Looms:
Excerpts from reviews:
Looms is a wonderful continuation of Martin’s previous collection, Sonnets, in which she explored similar themes as well as playing with the sonnet form. Martin has proven herself to be a solid poet with an ear for language and an inquisitive mind, delving into the big questions we all face. In this collection, Martin has woven a rich tapestry of poems that are well worth perusing.
—Cort Bledsoe for Bookslut
There is such an expansiveness to Martin’s Looms. The poems exist in that magical place where words, images and ideas collide, creating connections that previously had never been.
[Looms] has a very painterly, noir feel, alienated and penumbral, taut yet expansive. Impressive and addictive.
—Steve Spence for Stride Magazine
Many thanks to rob mclennan for his lovely review of Looms
“There is such an expansiveness to Martin’s Looms. The poems exist in that magical place where words, images and ideas collide, creating connections that previously had never been.”
In his review, rob generously included a couple of poems from the book. If you’d like to read more from Looms, you can order a copy at the following vendors (click to link):
A poem of mine is featured in Truck
Thanks to rob mclennan, who is in the driver’s seat of Truck for the month of August.