House of Anansi Press


Written by Ken Babstock

Published April 01, 1999 | ISBN 9780887846342
POETRY / Canadian / General

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Regular price $18.95 CAD

96 pages | 8.440 in × 5.690 in
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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 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
  • Winner Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award, 1999
  • Winner Atlantic Poetry Prize, 1999