The previously blogged-about ottawater 9 is now live and promises to sideline, for a few days at least, any new books I received at Christmas. It's a beautiful PDF, adorned in artwork and packed with new writing from many of Ottawa's (current or former) poets. Truly humbled to see my work next to so many singular voices.
I've always loved this preamble that accompanies each year's issue of ottawater:
"Long seen only as a town still echoing its origins as a backwater Victorian lumber town, and made up of bureaucrats and technocrats, and a more conservative poetics, "ottawater," edited by Ottawa-born writer, editor and publisher rob mclennan, exists to remind readers of what work is happening, and has been happening for years, despite government types insisting on repeating that the arts in Ottawa is about to begin. We say instead: we have always been here."
Give yourself some time to breathe it in at www.ottawater.com/ottawater9.pdf. Also if you're in Ottawa on January 24th, come by the launch at Carleton Tavern for some readings and deep-winter cheer.