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Griffin Poetry Prize winner Ken Babstock’s art-inspired poem

June 13th, 2012

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Betty Goodwin (Canadian) 2009,  Tarpaulin # 8, 1976.

Betty Goodwin (Canadian) 2009, Tarpaulin # 8, 1976. Tarpaulin, rope and wire. 322.6 x 261.6 cm. © 2012 Art Gallery of Ontario

Toronto poet Ken Babstock won the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize for his book Methodist Hatchet last week. It’s an amazing achievement and, inspired by his win, we want to share a piece of Babstock’s poetry that’s near and dear to our hearts.

For the Gallery’s reopening after Transformation AGO in 2008, we invited Babstock to create a piece based on Betty Goodwin’s Tarpaulin #8. The recording was installed in a room dedicated to Goodwin on level 5 as part of “Multiple Perspectives,” which captured and shared views on artworks from artists, collectors, curators, conservators, teens and kids. Visitors accessed these recordings through audio stations next to the work or by calling a number and listening on their cellphones.

And now you can listen to Babstock’s poem right here or download it and take it with you. Enjoy!

Curious about this artwork? Listen to AGO conservator Sherry Phillips talk about it and how it was stored and installed here.

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