Ken Babstock

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Ken Babstock (born 1970) is a Canadian poet. He was born in Newfoundland and raised in the Ottawa Valley. Babstock began publishing his poems in journals and anthologies, winning gold at the 1997 Canadian National Magazine Awards. He currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Babstock discovered poetry in his teens, growing up in Pembroke, Ontario, in ...

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The Sling Of Two Arms

I held her not well, didn't
hold her well, jumped
my gaze from one eye to her other,
seeing neither, pinned one
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Summer gnats colonized her molasses black eyes, her flicking,
conical ears. She moaned, a badly tuned
tuba, and tassels of ick dripped
from her black-
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Compatibilist

Awareness was intermittent. It sputtered.
And some of the time you were seen
asleep. So trying to appear whole
you asked of the morning: Is he free
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Hunter Deary And Hospital Wing

Hunter Deary emits noises like peach pits;
dry, scrotal humming that punctuates fits.
When a hip comes loose it comes loose
before breakfast and she pops it back in
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Fending Off The Conservatism In Adorno

At the festering corner of Boston and Queen
The Tasty Chicken House clings through May
to its Christmas tinsel, and is not long for this world.
Sanctioned colour murals under bubble script tags
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