House of Anansi Press

Methodist Hatchet

Written by Ken Babstock

Published April 30, 2011 | ISBN 9780887842931
POETRY / Canadian

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Regular price $22.95 CAD

112 pages | 8.5 in × 5.5 in
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Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Methodist Hatchet

Ken Babstock

Winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize and shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award

Marooned in the shiftless, unnamed space between a map of the world and a world of false maps, the poems in Methodist Hatchet cling to what’s necessary from each, while attempting to sing their own bewilderment. Carolinian forest echoes back as construction cranes in an urban skyline. Second Life returns as wildlife, as childhood. Even the poem itself -- the idea of a poem -- as a unit of understanding is shadowed by a great unknowing.

Fearless in its language, its trajectories and frames of reference, Methodist Hatchet gazes upon the objects of its attention until they rattle and exude their auras of strangeness. It is this strangeness, this mysterious stillness, that is the big heart of Ken Babstock’s playful, fierce, intelligent book.

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
  • Commended Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, 2011
  • Long-listed ReLit Awards, 2012
  • Short-listed Trillium Book Award, 2012
  • Winner Griffin Poetry Prize, 2012