Kink Bands by David Martin

Kink Bands is David Martin's second poetry collection.
The book cover with a drawing of the kinks in a rock formation with a teal coloured background
Kink Band is the second poetry collection by David Martin. (NeWest Press)

In his second book of poems, David Martin digs deep into an examination of the world using the lens of geology. With lyrically experimental poems expanding and retracting, this collection finds sonic and conceptual energy from the perspective of deep time and the geological forces that have shaped and continue to shape the Earth. Enacting seismic shifts, catastrophes, and erosions throughout the natural and cultural worlds, Martin's poetic practice pushes forward to contend with the contemporary environmental changes and the structure of the Anthropocene that affect how we live in the twenty-first century.

The collection veers from the Rocky Mountains and explorations of "fossilized" towns to family histories and myth-soaked theories, all while seeking a balance between disruptive poetic techniques and the centred lyrical voice. (From NeWest Press)

When you can read it: Sept. 1, 2023 

David Martin works as a literacy instructor in Calgary and as an organizer for the Single Onion Poetry Series. Back in 2014, David Martin won the CBC Poetry Prize for his poem Tar Swan. In 2018, Tar Swan became a published book-length narrative poem.