By Ken Babstock

In his terrific 3rd assortment, award-winning and critically-acclaimed poet Ken Babstock unearths temporary remains opposed to our collecting darknesses within the irrepressible, acrobatic, loose play of the brain. Poems of sense of right and wrong collide with the issues of attention, the concrete and the conceptual locate equivalent footing, and formal good looks mixes with imagistic brinksmanship because the speaker makes an attempt to depart 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 fantastic thing about daily adventure ("a leather-based recliner megastar /gazing at the unfastened /side of a backyard fence," "shopping /carts turning out to be 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 grasp of affection poems contained listed here are key to unlocking the bigger assortment -- itself a love tune to the wordless world.

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