2990 Church St., South Mountain, ON

Robert “Bob” Lawrence Hogg, Ph.D. March 26, 1942 - November 13, 2022

Surrounded by family at the Ottawa General Hospital on Sunday November 13, 2022. Bob Hogg from Mountain, ON, aged 80. Beloved husband of Leslie. Loving Father of Ethan (Lorraine), Cyrus (Xi) and Sarada (Jason). Cherished Grandfather of Nathaniel, Gabriel, Feather, Jacob, Rebekah and Aero. Dear brother of George Jr. Predeceased by his parents George Sr. and Florence (nee Drebert).Born in Edmonton, Alberta on March 26, 1942, Robert was raised on the VT Ranch on Green Lake in the Cariboo of BC, and in the lower Fraser Valley.

Professor Hogg studied English and Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia where he co-edited the Canadian literary magazine TISH. He completed his graduate studies at SUNY Buffalo under Charles Olson, whose work was the subject of his Ph.D thesis.



The sun is mine

And the trees are mine

The light breeze is mine

And the birds that inhabit the air

are mine

Their voices upon the wind

are in my ear

(Connexions (1966)


Robert was a professor of English Literature and Poetics at Carleton University for 38 years, where he nurtured a new generation of Canadian poets and writers. After his retirement in 2005 he devoted his attentions fully to writing and milling. He published five books of poetry and six chapbooks. He also edited a comprehensive anthology of Canadian Poetic theory. His work has appeared in over 70 publications throughout the world. He also founded and operated Mountain Path Organics, an organic farm, stone ground flour mill and natural food distribution company in Eastern Ontario. There will be no Visitation or Funeral Service with Cremation. Donations in Memory of Bob may be made to the Ottawa General Hospital Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to the Byers Funeral Home, South Mountain (613-989-3836) Online condolences may be made at

Pre-emptive Epithaph

May it never be said

he died bereft

of his beloved



medium roasted

espresso ground

the aroma

wafting to heaven


“Life can be hard if you go out of your way to make it so! So I settled down

near Ottawa to become a serious academic, organic farmer, half-decent

husband & father, and long lived poet.”


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There will be no Visitation or Funeral Service with Cremation. Donations in Memory of Bob may be made to the Ottawa General Hospital Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to the Byers Funeral Home, South Mountain (613-989-3836) Online condolences may be made at



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    Zena says

    I’m so sorry to read this Leslie. My condolences .

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    Roy & Suzette MacSkimming says

    We both remember Bob with great fondness as a gentle, thoughtful, caring man and dedicated, accomplished poet. Roy first knew Bob in 1963 when they were among the student poets from across North America attending the seminal UBC poetry conference in Vancouver. That was where Bob met the American poet Charles Olson, whose work would become his inspiration and the subject of his Ph.D. thesis. Suzette came to know Bob years later as a retired professor highly influential in the Ottawa literary community, devoted to making beautiful poems and mentoring younger writers. We shall miss his physical presence in the world, but his exceptional body of work remains. We send our deepest condolences to Bob’s wife Leslie and to everyone in their family. — Roy and Suzette MacSkimming, Perth

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    Rob says

    Hi folks. I’ll always be grateful for Bob’s guidance and friendship. He saved me, when supervising my PhD at Carleton, encouraging me into a life directed at celebrating and thinking through the books, poets, and folks I love rather than concentrating on all those bits and pieces worthy of complaint. And he opened up so many worlds for me with two-handed recommendations of writers that changed all the ways I think. I’m sending love, here, to Bob’s family and friends, with such thanks to have known him.

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    Roger Dutton says

    Bob contributed his poetry often to The Cafe Review, A Quarterly Magazine of Poetry and Art, published in Portland, Maine. On occasion, we have a guest editor — a role he took on with great conviction, dedication, and aplomb. He was a kind intelligent man who was a master of poetry. Working with him was a pleasure. We will miss seeing submissions of his new poetry.

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    Doug and Liz Earl says

    We are saddened to have lost a dear neighbour and friend. Our condolences to Leslie and family.

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    Ross and Edie Batstone says

    So sorry to hear about Robert – We have many fond memories of connecting with him in days past when we were picking up organic products from the mill. He was warm and welcoming always, and an encourager to us as new organic farmers and myself personally, as a budding poet. Ross and I send our prayers and condolences to all of the family.

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    Tom Manley says

    We are very sad to learn of Bob’s passing. We express our deepest condolences as fond long-time friends of Bob. From Tom Manley (and others), formerly of Homestead Organics in Berwick.

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    Rob Manery says

    I am so sorry to hear about Bob and send my condolences to Leslie, Ethan, Cyrus, and Sarada. Bob had a profound influence on me, first as a teacher and then as a friend who provided welcome guidance and support.

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    Victor Desroches says

    Dear Leslie and family
    We are so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. Bob was a kind soul who made a difference in the lives that he touched. A gentle friend, a caring professor and mentor, a loving husband and father, not to mention a smart entrepreneur.
    May you cherish the good memories and find comfort knowing that he will be missed by many.
    Victor and Linda Desroches

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    Chris says

    I met Bob in Vancouver, at the house of mutual friends, and he convinced me to come to Ottawa to do an MA in experimental poetry with him as supervisor. Bob was a good friend and poet; I’ll miss having a coffee with him to discuss books, exchange chapbooks, poetry he was writing, and to find out how to fix the x and y’s of the multiple mechanical things that get broken. I’ll miss his cat poems, too. My condolences to Leslie, Sarada, Cyrus, Ethan, and their families.

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    Brenda Vellino says

    Members of the English Department at Carleton, where Bob taught and mentored students for 38 years, extend their deepest condolences to Leslie, Ethan, Cyrus, and Sarada, their partners, all the grandchildren, other extended family, and so many friends in the Ottawa region and broader Canadian poetry communities. We were greatly saddened upon learning the news of his passing and also deeply grateful for all he gave to our department, our students, the life of Canadian poetry, and his archival memory of twentieth-century North American poetry. The news of Bob’s passing has spread quickly with spontaneous tributes and notes of grief and gratitude springing up in many corners of the country. We remember him for the twinkle in his eye, his playful sense of humour, his commitment to students, his mentorship of younger writers, and his passion for all things poetry. His memory and presence lives on in his words. May it be a comfort and a joy to all those who hold him dear.

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    Garry Simzer says

    Rest in peace my friend. We knew Robert from renting his land to take hay off every year back in the seventies. Nice man, and great family. My condolences from the Simzer family, formley of Vancamp Road.

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    Ann Brady says

    Dear Sarada and Family, may your beloved father’s memory be for a blessing. Sending tender hugs across the miles to you all. <3

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