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Guthrie Clothing

The Poetry of Phil Hall, a Selected Collage

by Phil Hall, introduction by rob mclennan

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Increasingly known as the “poet’s poet,” Governor General’s Award–winner Phil Hall has long been a constructor of intricate sequences, collecting and arranging lines and phrases, artifacts, and small revelations. He writes on influences, literary and local; he writes of rural Ontario, attempting to comprehend a deeply personal family violence; he stitches together lines and tall tales and fables from his life and the stories that float around the ethos of his variety of Ontario wilds. Hall’s isn’t a poetry carved into perfect diamond form but a poetry whittled from scores of found materials pulled apart and rearranged. This volume is not so much a “selected poems” as it is a reshuffle, a sampler from the span of Hall’s published work. Guthrie Clothing is a collage-selection by Hall. Lines, stanzas, and poem-fragments are reworked and patterned into a new sequence, a fresh structure.

The afterword consists of an important new essay-poem by Hall as well. It argues against irony from a rural perspective and amounts to Hall’s ars poetica. In an encompassing introduction, rob mclennan explores Hall’s four-plus decades of bricolage.

About the Authors
Phil Hall has been publishing poetry in Canada since the early seventies and is the author of many books & chapbooks. His book of essay-poems, Killdeer (2011), won the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry in English, as well as Ontario's Trillium Book Award. He has taught widely, and been writer and residence at Queen's University, the University of Ottawa, Sage Hill, the Pierre Berton House (Yukon), and most recently at UNB in Fredericton in 2018-2019. He is a valued editor / mentor of poetry manuscripts. He is the founder of Flat Singles Press, and the Director of The Page Lectures at Queen's University.
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rob mclennan is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and non–fiction, most recently The Uncertainty Principle: Stories (2014) and the poetry collection If suppose we are a fragment (2014). In 2016 mclennan was inducted into the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour. He lives in Ottawa with Christine McNair and their two small girls.
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