Ken Babstock’s four collections include Mean, Days into Flatspin, and Airstream Land Yacht, finalist for The Governor General’s Award, The Griffin Prize, The Winterset Prize and winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Most recently, Methodist Hatchet (Anansi)won the Griffin Prize for Excellence in Poetry and was finalist for the Trillium Book Award. His poems have been anthologized in Canada, The UK, The US, and Ireland, most recently in The Oxford Anthology of Canadian Literature in English, Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, and The New Canon, and translated into Dutch, German, Serbo-Croatian, Czech, and French. Recent poems have appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. This excerpt is from the poem, ‘Perfect Blue Distant Objects’ and re-writes William Hazlitt’s essay “Why Distant Objects Please Us.” Babstock was born in Newfoundland and now lives in Toronto.”
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