The Answer to Everything

By Ken Belford
Edited by Jordan Scott & Rob Budde

The Answer to Everything
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Ken Belford's career has spanned six decades and three lives. The Answer to Everything collects Belford's poetry of the 1960s in Vancouver, his "lan(d)guage" poetry of the early 2000s influenced by his time on remote Blackwater Lake, and his more political-charged poetry of the ... Read more


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Ken Belford's career has spanned six decades and three lives. The Answer to Everything collects Belford's poetry of the 1960s in Vancouver, his "lan(d)guage" poetry of the early 2000s influenced by his time on remote Blackwater Lake, and his more political-charged poetry of the last decade while he lived in Prince George. This collection allows readers to discover or reflect on Ken's unique and challenging work, seeing patterns and themes in his poetics as they evolved out of his TISH-influenced poetry and into more contemporary dialogues where Belford seemingly establishes a poetic school of his own.

 

The collection has been organized chronologically, setting foundational texts from his earlier work next to his celebrated recent books that concretized his distinct poetic sensibilities. This remarkable collection is assembled based on Belford's wishes by those close to him as a definitive record of his life's work.

Rob Budde

Dr. Rob Budde teaches Creative Writing and Critical Theory at the University of Northern BC and has taught previously at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. He is the author of five other books, including Catch as Catch and Flicker. He has been a finalist for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer and the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year. He lives with his family in Prince George, BC.

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