Posted: Friday October 11, 2013
Last evening at the Western Front in Vancouver, Jordan Abel launched his first book of poetry, The Place of Scraps, to an audience of about 50 people.
Jordan Abel introduces his book and a book trailer for it. Right-click (PC) or control-click (Mac) to see larger versions of any image.
The book co-launched with the Sound issue of Poetry is Dead magazine, which Abel guest-edited. Six of the poets published in this issue read their work; in spoken form, poems enveloped the room, and were more compelling and sonorous than one might ever imagine from their textual counterparts. Abel even dared readers to make use of his loop station (which brave reader Kevin McNeilly did). Talon poets Daniel Zomparelli, editor-in-chief of Poetry is Dead magazine, and Dina Del Bucchia were in attendance along with numerous illustrious members of the Vancouver poetry community.
Daniel Zomparelli loops Jordan Abel’s reading of Kevin McNeilly’s biography, just for kicks.
Abel gave an atmospheric and reflective performance of section 2b of The Place of Scraps, among others of his poems, which mirrored one of his haunting book trailers.
Drawing inspiration from Marius Barbeau’s canonical book Totem Poles, Jordan Abel explores in The Place of Scraps the complicated relationship between First Nations cultures and ethnography. His poems simultaneously illuminate Barbeau’s intentions and navigate the repercussions of the anthropologist’s actions.
The Place of Scraps on display at the launch.
Hailed by those present at the launch as a “gorgeous artifact” that “gives each poem the space it deserves to make an impact” and “the most beautiful book of poetry I have seen in a long-ass time,” The Place of Scraps is available from Talonbooks for $19.95.
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