“McCann writes tightly structured poems that heave and push against the restraints, brimming with musicality, unexpected images and plenty of humour. ┬áHe also knows how to put a trope to work.”

One of the great pleasures of the John Newlove Award is that the winner produces a chapbook with Bywords Press the following year. Here, Rob Thomas discusses the results, including work by Jenna Jarvis, rob mclennan and Rob Friday.