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Prince George Poet Ken Belford Launches New Collection

Posted: September 29, 2008

Caitlin Press will release Lan(d)guage by Ken Belford at the College of New Caledonia (3330 22nd Avenue, room 1-306) on Friday, October 3rd at 8:00pm.

Ken Belford’s fifth book of poetry takes us on a journey through Canada’s roadless north where he has discovered a third world gaze, looking out at industrialism and its impact on a region rich in resources and natural beauty. Lan(d)guage is an unsentimental and non-reactionary perspective, a deep investigation of the psychology of both the electronic revolution and postmodernism. It is also a collective conversation having to do with the mobile geographies of inequality. The poems are a study in the social cost of privilege and what it means to have access, power and identity.

Ken Belford was born to a farming family near DeBolt, Alberta, and grew up in East Vancouver. In the late 1960s, he moved to the Hazelton area of Northwest BC, where he homesteaded with his wife and daughter. Together they practiced the politics of subsistence living, operating a soft paths ecotourism business in the remote, unroaded Nass River headwaters at Damdochax Lake. Remarried, he now lives in Prince George, BC, with his partner, Si, and continues to blend the borders of poetics.