Gave,Omnidawn Publications, 2017
from Rob McLennan'sBlog
A river is a rift that joins what it divides, and so, logically, mythically, it’s always a river that cuts this life off from every other. Every river is the river Styx. By looking at a particular river—in this case, the Gave de Pau in southern France—in its particular twist through history, this poem explores the force of the metaphor as it is actually lived. A river determines every layer of all the lives along its entire length—the industry, the agriculture, the cultural possibilities, the historical imperatives, the reigning aesthetics, and so much more that cannot be or simply never happens to be traced—the children’s games, the lovers’ trysts, taking the dog for a walk.