Un/inhabited

byJordan AbelContribution byKathleen Ritter

April 14, 2015|
Un/inhabited by Jordan Abel
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Award-winning Nisga’a poet Jordan Abel’s second collection of poetry, Un/inhabited, maps the terrain of the public domain to create a layered investigation of the interconnections between language and land.

Abel constructed the book’s source text by compiling in their entirety ninety-one western novels found on the website Project Gutenberg, an online archive of works whose copyright has expired. Using his word processor’s Ctrl-F function, he searched the compilation for words that relate to the political and social aspects of land, territory, and ownership. Each search query represents a study in context (How was this word deployed? What surrounded it? What is left over once that word is removed?) accumulating toward a representation of the public domain as a discoverable and inhabitable body of land.

Featuring a text by independent curator Kathleen Ritter – the first piece of scholarship on Abel’s work – Un/inhabited reminds us of the power of language as material and invites us to reflect on what is present in the empty space when we see nothing.
Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from Vancouver. His debut poetry collection, The Place of Scraps (Talonbooks, 2013), was awarded the BC Book Prizes’ Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Abel was an editor for Poetry Is Dead magazine and the former poetry editor for PRISM ...
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Title:Un/inhabited
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:240 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.6 in
Shipping dimensions:240 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.6 in
Published:April 14, 2015
Publisher:Talonbooks
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780889229228

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