Ken Belford

Ken Belford was born to a farming family in Alberta and grew up in Vancouver. For more than thirty years, he, along with his wife and daughter, operated a non-consumptive enterprise in the unroaded mountains at the vicinity of the headwaters of the Nass and Skeena Rivers.

The “self-educated lan(d)guage” poet has said that living for decades in the “back country” has afforded him a unique relationship to language that rejects the colonial impulse to write about nature, but speaks from the regions of the other.

“The conventional standards of narrative and lyric poetry give me nothing. The intention of the sequences I write is to assemble words that can be messaged to the habituated souls of the city from the land-aware that live outside city limits.”

Currently living in Prince George, British Columbia, with his activist wife, Si, Belford continues to write outside the boundaries of the conventional forms of the various schools of poetry.

His seven previous books of poetry are Fireweed, The Post Electric Caveman, Pathways Into the Mountains, lan(d)guage, when snakes awaken, ecologue, Decompositions, and Internodes. In Spring 2016, look for slick reckoning, his eighth collection.

Decompositions

Short-listed 2011 BC Book Prize: Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

Decompositions

Short-listed 2011 BC Book Prize: Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

events | 2010-04-29
Talon’s 2010 Cross-Canada Poetry Tour: Vancouver

…8:00pm Admission: Free! Featuring derek beaulieu, Ken Belford, Weyman Chan, Stephen Collis, George Bowering, … have a book by Canadian environmentalist poet Ken Belford, entitled Decompositions . These poems catch …


events | 2010-04-27
Talon's 2010 Cross-Canada Poetry Tour: Calgary

…Norris reading from their new books of poetry (Ken Belford will not be at this particular event) The spring … have a book by Canadian environmentalist poet Ken Belford, entitled Decompositions . These poems catch …


events | 2010-04-22
Talon’s 2010 Cross-Canada Poetry Tour: Edmonton Poetry Festival

…from their new books of poetry (derek beaulieu, Ken Belford, and Ken Norris will not be at this particular … have a book by Canadian environmentalist poet Ken Belford, entitled Decompositions . These poems catch …