Bob MacKenzie - a Canadian poet
Canadian Poet Bob MacKenzie at the Sleepless Goat Caf� - Photo by Chris Kunkel, June 30, 2013

Bob MacKenzie
a Canadian poet

Bob MacKenzie is the author of somewhere still in wind the tree is bending (Silver Bow Publishing, 2018).

somewhere still in wind the tree is bending by Bob MacKenzie (, 2022

somewhere still in wind the tree is bending is a collection of poems by a poet who observes the world through a photographic lens, telling stories that are scenes with moody undertones. Shaped by film noir and set to the beat of blues, Bob MacKenzie's landscapes are filled with remote figures and portraits of apparitions. This poet writes with jazz in mind, and of that which perseveres, as the title suggests. His words reflect on relationships, to others, to self. As he writes: "A mind is a large empty room, In which two persons meet".

- reviewer: Kathleen Reichelt writer and co-director of the 1000 Islands Film & Stage Artist Residency

This new MacKenzie book of poetry, whether intentionally or not, seems written with musicians in mind. Musicians who read it will be glad they have music. Any not so blessed may wish they played something, anything. A jazz musician and historian, I was inclined to tap my foot and imagine how I might play along to the beautiful but haunting lyrics, indeed the implied melodies and harmonies of so much in this remarkable book. But halfway in, a poem entitled "and I will dance," seemed to say it all, and say it best. MacKenzie's poetry in this instance to be sure "is playing with a solid beat" and from the heart, raging against the world, calling upon children at heart, from far and wide, high and low, to come and dance with him to the beat.
- reviewer: Clyde Forsberg, jazz musician and historian

"Birdwing gone and blue too; who can name this dancer, only he can tell in truth the dancing's ending. Dance on how long dance on, each display your mettle, Somewhere still in wind the tree is bending."

- from the long-form poem "Pyramid" by Bob MacKenzie

You can get your copy of somewhere still in wind the tree is bending direct from Silver Bow Publishing (the publisher), as well as from Amazon websites worldwide and other fine online booksellers.

You can also ask your public library or local bookseller to order unbroken for you.

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