By Ken Babstock
In his really good 3rd assortment, award-winning and critically-acclaimed poet Ken Babstock reveals temporary remains opposed to our amassing darknesses within the irrepressible, acrobatic, unfastened play of the brain. Poems of sense of right and wrong collide with the issues of realization, 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 previous paintings, Airstream Land Yacht testifies to the harrowing fantastic thing about daily adventure ("a leather-based recliner megastar /gazing at the loose /side of a backyard fence," "shopping /carts transforming into 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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