House of Anansi Press

Airstream Land Yacht

Written by Ken Babstock

Published March 21, 2006 | ISBN 9780887847400
POETRY / Canadian

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Regular price $18.95 CAD

104 pages | 8.560 in × 5.520 in
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About this book

Airstream Land Yacht

Ken Babstock

In his brilliant third collection, award-winning and critically-acclaimed poet Ken Babstock finds momentary stays against our gathering darknesses in the irrepressible, acrobatic, free play of the mind. Poems of conscience collide with the problems of consciousness, the concrete and the conceptual find equal footing, and formal beauty mixes with imagistic brinksmanship as the speaker attempts to leave our "homes half-sheathed Tyvek" and "drift into the pain of our neighbours." Like Babstock's earlier work, Airstream Land Yacht testifies to the harrowing beauty of everyday experience ("a leather recliner star /gazing on the free /side of a yard fence," "shopping /carts growing a fur of frost," a grounded kite "nose down in the crowberries and fir") while introducing an expansiveness of inquiry with linguistic bravado and a quiet grace. The clutch of love poems contained here are key to unlocking the larger collection -- itself a love song to the wordless world.

About the Author

Ken Babstock

Ken Babstock is the author of Airstream Land Yacht, which was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award, won the Trillium Book Award, and was a Globe and Mail Top 100 book; Days into Flatspin, which was shortlisted for the Winterset Award for Excellence in Newfoundland Writing; and Mean, which won the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award. Ken Babstock lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Awards and Praise
  • Short-listed Winterset Award for Excellence in Newfoundland Writing, 2007
  • Short-listed Griffin Poetry Prize, 2007
  • Long-listed ReLit Awards - Poetry, 2007
  • Short-listed Governor General's Literary Awards: Poetry, 2006
  • Winner Trillium Book Award for Poetry, 2007
  • Short-listed Winterset Award for Excellence in Newfoundland Writing, 2007