Un/inhabitedFront Cover

ISBN: 9781772012682 | Paperback

240 pages | Pub. Date: 20200406
5.5 W × 8.5 H × 1 D inches
featured | Poetry | Bisac: POE015000
Rights: WORLD

This is the second edition of award-winning Nisga’a poet Jordan Abel’s second collection of poetry, Un/inhabited, which 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 ninety-one complete western novels found on Project Gutenberg, an online archive of public domain works. Using his word processor’s Ctrl+F function, he searched the document in its totality 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?) that accumulates toward a representation of the public domain as a discoverable and inhabitable body of land.

Featuring essays by Project Space founder Tracy Stefanucci and independent curator Kathleen Ritter – the first pieces 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 when we see nothing.

Long-listed 2015 One of 15 best CanLit covers of 2015 (CBC Books)

"…the way in which he hypnotizes his audience is always astounding."
— Navneet Nagra, sadmag

"What is most interesting about Un/inhabited is the ambiguity that complicates the more obvious metaphors linking text with land and reading with resource extraction.”
Canadian Literature

By Jordan Abel

Jordan Abel is a Nisg̱a’a writer from Vancouver. He is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize).

Read more about Jordan Abel


Contributions by Kathleen Ritter

Kathleen Ritter (born 1974) is an artist, curator, and writer based in Vancouver and Paris who focuses on contemporary art.

Read more about Kathleen Ritter



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news | 2020-04-07
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news | 2016-07-14
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news | 2016-02-17
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news | 2016-01-20
A look at what’s coming this spring

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news | 2016-01-05
Best of 2015

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news | 2015-12-08
CBC’s Best Books of 2015

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news | 2015-04-24
We Have Liftoff! (Photos from Talon’s Spring 2015 Poetry Launch in Vancouver)

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news | 2015-04-10
Horses Records’s Talonbooks

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news | 2015-02-04
Q&Q Shouts Out to Meredith Quartermain and Jordan Abel

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news | 2015-01-28
CBC’s “15 poetry collections to watch for in 2015”

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