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Podcast Episode
12:00pm

the book of smaller

with rob mclennan
Hosted by Stephen Brockwell

the book of smaller

with rob mclennan
Hosted by Stephen Brockwell
7
Thursday
Mar
12:00pm
rob mclennan - Photo by Rose McLennan

Writers Festival Radio is pleased to present this conversation between Stephen Brockwell and rob mclennan.

 

Written while at home full-time with two small children under five, the book of smaller is a collection of short, sharp, incredibly dense prose poems. Created in moments snatched from chaos, these poems challenge the possibilities of language in very small spaces.

 

Each poem is a still moment, a memory, a burst of observation, suspended outside time and held up to the light as the world whirls around it. Some are intimate, some are public, all are grounded personal, domestic space. With trademark intelligence and daring, rob mclennan uses radical structures to express the concision and disorientation, jumps in sense and mood, the collapse of time and duration, the shattering joy and powerful fears, of full-person, full-time parenthood.

 

With an unparalleled knowledge of modern poetry and poetic evolution, mclennan breaks the sentence into its most vital pieces, then breaks it further, smashes punctuation out of the expected into spaces of risk and uncertainty, pushing conventions to the edge and then beyond to challenge what writing is, and what a reader can be.

 

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