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House of Anansi Press


Written by Ken Babstock

Published April 01, 1999 | ISBN 9780887846342

Cover of Mean

Regular price $18.95 CAD

96 pages | 8.44 in × 5.69 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book


Ken Babstock

Mean is a stunning exploration of the threshold and divide between our primeval origins and the meanness of our everyday lives. In this collection, the pastoral collides with the concrete terrain of motorbikes, prisons, and chainlink to capture our constructed isolation and our buried, yet resonant, connection to the land and seascapes that surround us. Ken Babstock's poetic voice is wholly original -- searing and pure in its realism, evocative and affecting in its search for a place to call its own. Mean won the Atlantic Poetry Prize (1999) and the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award (1999).

About the Author

Ken Babstock

Ken Babstock is one of Canada's finest poets. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Awards and Praise
  • Winner Atlantic Poetry Prize, 1999
  • Winner Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award, 1999