Today, at ceremonies in Toronto and Montreal, one in English, the other in French, the winners of the 2006 Governor-General’s Award for excellence in poetry will be announced.
Ken Babstock’s AIRSTREAM LAND YACHT is one of the 5 finalists.
Don’t rush out to buy the book if you think it’s about trailering but it may be nice to have on an end table or at bedside.
Here’s an excerpt:
Then the belt of penury tightened
and whether from hunger
or a need to lash back
we started dreaming of weeks of
a hammock of days
nailed between trees
rooted in the old loam of obliga-
The names of God all sounded like ‘vacation’.
- from A Brochure by Ken Babstock ( Airstream Land Yacht)