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    ISBN: 9780889229785 | Paperback

    96 pages | Pub. Date: 20161003
    5.5 W × 8.5 H × .75 D inches
    Backlist | Poetry | Bisac: POE011000
    Rights: WORLD

In these thoughtful, yet playful poems, Belford builds a poetry experience for the curious reader can open anywhere, read, and read on.

Although the phrasing of his lines is unusual, Ken Belford’s poetry is not easily forgotten. His poetry collections, like this one, his slick reckoning, are experiences the curious reader can open anywhere, read, turn the page, and read on. It’s not necessary to begin at the beginning nor to read to the end to get a good sense of what this poet is about. Read a little, or read a lot, he’s worth it.

Ken Belford is a timber framer. He has managed a northern wood lot, from which he has milled his own lumber, carrying out most of the timbers for his buildings on his back. These thoughtful, yet playful poems tell of powerful connections artfully made, of an earned sense of how things work, and an intimate awareness of the cycle of all things.

By 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 attempts to write from nature and our relationship to the land.

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news | 2016-10-24
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news | 2016-10-19
Tomorrow: Talon’s big fall launch!

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news | 2016-10-03
All the Fall 2016 poetry is in the house!

…book at a couple of upcoming Vancouver events. In Slick Reckoning ($16.95), Ken Belford writes through and beyond …

news | 2016-07-04
Fall 2016 previews!

…yet playful poems in Ken Belford’s new book, slick reckoning , Belford builds a poetry experience the curious …