Days Into Flatspin: Poems

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House of Anansi, 2001 - Poetry - 81 pages
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Babstock opens everything to investigation, rupturing the limitations of the eye and the strictures of the poetic form: a sonnet is built from a Frisbee game, a love poem inspired by a cow, a gash inhabited by afield of crickets. And throughout his poetic landscape is a solitary bird—watching, passing overhead, biding time, always present. Days into Flatspin is a soaring collection and delivers on every one of Babstock's early promises. He is the poet to watch, the poet whose confidence, range, and measured empathy will have a startling and long-lasting impact upon Canadian letters.
 

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Contents

Flat
5
Anorak
11
Thingymajig
17
To Willow
23
City Square Giacometti
29
Conditions
36
Morning
42
His Life as Apprentice out West
46
He Propositions the Toilet
52
Pietŗ with Breeze and a District
58
The Sling of Two Arms
65
Working the Lakefront
72
Epilogue
79
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About the author (2001)

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.

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