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Robert Hogg

Robert Hogg was born in Edmonton, Alberta, grew up in the Cariboo and Fraser Valley in British Columbia, and attended UBC during the early Sixties where he was associated with the Vancouver TISH poets and graduated with a BA in English and Creative Writing. In 1964, he hitchhiked east to Toronto, then visited Buffalo NY where Charles Olson was teaching. After spending a few months in NYC, Bob entered the graduate program at the State University of NY in Buffalo, completed a PhD and took a job teaching American and Canadian Poetry at Carleton University in Ottawa for the next 38 years. He currently resides at his farm fifty miles south of Ottawa and is working on four collections: Lamentations; The Cariboo Poems; Postcards, from America; and The Vancouver Work. His publications include: The Connexions, Berkeley: Oyez, 1966; Standing Back, Toronto: Coach House, 1972; Of Light, Toronto: Coach House, 1978; Heat Lightning, Windsor: Black Moss, 1986; There Is No Falling, Toronto: ECW, 1993; and as editor, An English Canadian Poetics, The Confederation Poets – Vol. 1, Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2009; and from Lamentations, Ottawa: above/ground, 2016. Two Cariboo poems, Ranch Days – The McIntosh from hawk/weed press in Kemptville, Ontario, and Ranch Days—for Ed Dorn from battleaxe press in Ottawa have been published (2019). He edited the April 2019 Canadian poetry issue of the Portland Maine Café Review.


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From Where You Stand - for Leslie – Then ~ Now


In my favorite

photo


Buffalo

1968


you are leaning

against a No


Parking sign

corner of


Oxford

& Ferry


across from where

we lived in


the run down

Fenton Apartments


almost-no-heat

third-floor-walk-up


$39.67

a month


split

three ways


your hair in

braids


Fred Braun

shoes from


Greenwich

Village


real

deer skin jacket


poet

bohemian


Curt Lang

gave me


before

I left


Vancouver

fall of ‘64


now too

small and so


gave you

perfect for this


black & white

spring


photograph

you lean


into

purse slung


over right

shoulder arm


crookt to hold

the leather


straps

braids


down

in front


a knowing

smile


above and to

my right a


Sealtest Ice Cream

sign we’d see


light up

each night


looking down

from our


upstairs

window


across

the front


OXFORD DELICATESSEN


in big bold

lettering


black on white

or so it looks


now

here


above

the awning


GROCERIES COLD CUTS FRUITS VEGETABLES


the final word

cut short


while in

the windows


two signs

flash


GENESEE

Beer


CARLING

Ale


CIGARS

CANDY


on the kickboard

leading in


as though nothing

could be left out


from where you stand

the pebbled


concrete

sidewalk


is cool

and dry


melt water

sluices down


the asphalt

below the curb


in front

casual


open vest

dark jeans


your left leg

bent


so slightly

at the knee


gentle

yet


strong

enough


to kick

out winter


nudge in

spring


RLH: Mtn: 2022-01-12; rev 2022-01-13 4:30 PM; 9:50 PM; 2022-01-15 3:12 PM

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