By Ken Babstock
"Ken Babstock is an excellent and lively poet, his paintings is filled with musicality, syncopation, wit, and formal acuity, it is all good."—Peter Gizzi
"The style of this poetry is complex—it should be ate up in small quantities like a sipping tequila. It inebriates fast. It imparts a convivial brilliance to existence. And it isn't with no its sinister edge."—Ange Mlinko
With poems on excellent blue and a sonnet series located on a derelict NSA surveillance station on a Berlin hill, On Malice assembles evacuated kinds, polysemy, prayer, and perverse chatter into poems that enact our paranoia. Channeling Walter Benjamin's son, William Hazlitt, John Donne, and Dick Cheney, they're lyric of their sonic and affective sign in yet coldly methodological of their invented constructions and illusions.
You end examining it. You cannot
finish examining it. Ice caught
in the can, later, the good. What
shall I be anxious about,
the coward good and the ice does
such much. They be aware of nothing
of cantilevered blown-out shells
who feed their worry
like veal barns. The dome's aerial
my lodestar and icon, the squirrel
at nightfall within the post-informational gloaming
can by no means no longer end analyzing it as song
Ken Babstock is the writer of Methodist Hatchet, which received the Griffin Poetry Prize. His past titles, Mean, Days into Flatspin, and Airstream Land Yacht, carry nominations for the Governor General's Award and the Winterset Prize. Poems from this booklet were nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
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