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The Answer to Everything
The Answer to Everything

The Answer to Everything

Selected Poems of Ken Belford

Edited by Jordan Scott, Edited by Rob Budde, By Ken Belford, Edited by Si Transken



160 Pages, 5.5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $22.00 (US $22.00)

Publication Date: January 2022

ISBN 9781773860688

Rights: US

Caitlin Press Inc. (Jan 2022)

Price: $22.00


A remarkable collection showcasing the definitive works of Ken Belford. 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.

Author Biography

Jordan Scott is a poet and children's author. Scott has written five books of poetry and was the recipient of the 2018 Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize for his contributions to Canadian poetry. Scott's debut children's book (illustrated by Sydney Smith), I Talk Like a River, was a New York Times Best Children's Book of 2020. Rob Budde teaches creative writing at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. He has published eight books (poetry, novels, interviews, and short fiction) and appeared in numerous literary magazines including Canadian Literature, The Capilano Review, West Coast Line, Dusie, ditch, filling Station, Prairie Fire, Matrix, and dandelion. His most recent books are declining america and Dreamland Theatre from Caitlin Press, which was shortlisted for the BC Book Prize Dorothy Livesay Award. He co-edits Thimbleberry Magazine: Arts + Culture in Northern BC. Ken Belford was born in Alberta and grew up in Vancouver. From 1970–2005 he, along with his wife and daughter, operated a non-consumptive ecotourism lodge in the unroaded mountains around Blackwater Lake near the headwaters of the Nass and Skeena Rivers. The "self-educated lan(d)guage" poet has said that living for decades in the mountains has afforded him a unique relationship to language that rejects the colonial impulse to write "nature poetry," but speaks from the outside, from the regions of the 'other.' His books include Fireweed, Pathways Into the Mountains, lan(d)guage, and ecologue. Si Transken is an Associate Professor in Social Work at UNBC. Her doctorate is in Equity Studies from the University of Toronto. Her private practice, Trans/Formative Services, brings women into her life who are courageous, tenacious, and clawing their way through the pain of patriarchy, classism, heterosexism, and many other ugly oppressions.