………………. Ken Babstock (Canada, 1970) is considered one of the most influential voices in Canadian poetry.    

First Snow

Like a child, the earth’s going to sleep, Or so the story goes.   But I’m not tired, it says. And the mother says, You may not be tired but I’m tired-   You can see it in her face, everyone can. So the snow has to fall, sleep has to come. Because the mother’s…