Ecologue is the culmination of Ken Belford's lifelong quest to reconcile land and language, innovation/development and earth's geographical history, nature and humankind's place within it. He extends this deep contemplation to the relationship between poem and reader, deftly shaping his lines into a pure expression of where "ritual and mystery loiter, beyond supervision and the noise of the narrative."
About the author
Ken Belford, the “self-educatedLan(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.
Currently living in Prince George, BC, he continues to write outside the boundaries of the conventional forms espoused by what he calls the “tribal schools” of poetry. His six previous books of poetry are Fireweed, The Post Electric Caveman, Pathways into the Mountains, lan(d)guage, when snakes awaken and Ecologue.
"A thought-provoking, resonant anthology."
--Midwest Book Review
"Ken Belford, geographically peripheral, [is] absolutely central to Canadian poetics."
--Robert Budde, American Book Review