Low Vacancy

Ben Robinson

Low Vacancy

Ben Robinson

$20 | Published June 2021.

6.25" x 9.25", 16pp.

Ben Robinson’s Low Vacancy—with captivating understatement and something like casual precision—tours us through domestic spaces and therein shows us how time flows and stills and breaks. Robinson’s calm control is especially impressive as he transitions his compressed meditations from the stirring present- into the rather melancholic future-tense. Low Vacancy—especially with its focus on alienated city-living and the vicious-beautiful/beautiful-vicious cycles of life—is an apt and affecting piece for our fraught present moment.

—Jake Kennedy


Hand-set in 14pt Monotype Deepdene with some freshly-cast 72pt Alternate Gothic for the title pages. Printed on Crane Lettra with a Nideggen wrapper overprinted with wood type. Published in an edition of 65 copies.

“Low Vacancy” first appeared in the May 2020 issue of The Literary Review of Canada.


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While the JLPPA books are normally set, proofed, and printed by students of Okanagan College’s Diploma in Writing & Publishing, Covid has made that impossible, so this year’s project was put together by Jason Dewinetz and English 205 student Daniel Bergg, while the rest of the students were stuck at home without any ink on their fingers at all. Stupid Covid.

Ben Robinson

Ben Robinson is a poet, musician and librarian. His most recent chapbook is Without Form from The Blasted Tree. He has only ever lived in Hamilton, Ontario on the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. You can find him online at benrobinson.work.