By Ken Babstock
In his significant 3rd assortment, award-winning and critically-acclaimed poet Ken Babstock unearths temporary remains opposed to our amassing darknesses within the irrepressible, acrobatic, loose play of the brain. Poems of judgment of right and wrong collide with the issues of cognizance, the concrete and the conceptual locate equivalent footing, and formal attractiveness mixes with imagistic brinksmanship because the speaker makes an attempt to go away our "homes half-sheathed Tyvek" and "drift into the ache of our neighbours." Like Babstock's prior paintings, Airstream Land Yacht testifies to the harrowing great thing about daily adventure ("a leather-based recliner superstar /gazing at the unfastened /side of a backyard fence," "shopping /carts becoming a fur of frost," a grounded kite "nose down within the crowberries and fir") whereas introducing an expansiveness of inquiry with linguistic bravado and a quiet grace. The seize of affection poems contained listed here are key to unlocking the bigger assortment -- itself a love track to the wordless world.
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