The Place of ScrapsFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889227880 | paperback / softback

$24.95 | 288 pages | Pub. Date: 2013
9 W × 6 H × 1 D inches
Poetry | Backlist | Bisac: POE011000
ISBN 13: 9780889227880 | Rights: WORLD

George Ryga Award for Social Award: Jordan Abel, The Place of Scraps (Finalist)
BC Book Prize, Poetry: Jordan Abel, The Place of Scraps (Winner)

The Place of Scraps revolves around Marius Barbeau, an early-twentieth-century ethnographer, who studied many of the First Nations cultures in the Pacific Northwest, including Jordan Abel’s ancestral Nisga’a Nation. Barbeau, in keeping with the popular thinking of the time, believed First Nations cultures were about to disappear completely, and that it was up to him to preserve what was left of these dying cultures while he could. Unfortunately, his methods of preserving First Nations cultures included purchasing totem poles and potlatch items from struggling communities in order to sell them to museums. While Barbeau strove to protect First Nations cultures from vanishing, he ended up playing an active role in dismantling the very same cultures he tried to save.

Drawing inspiration from Barbeau’s canonical book Totem Poles, Jordan Abel explores 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.

Through the use of erasure techniques, Abel carves out new understandings of Barbeau’s writing – each layer reveals a fresh perspective, each word takes on a different connotation, each letter plays a different role, and each punctuation mark rises to the surface in an unexpected way. As Abel writes his way ever deeper into Barbeau’s words, he begins to understand that he is much more connected to Barbeau than he originally suspected.

Winner 2014 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (B.C. Book Prizes)

Short-listed 2014 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award

By Jordan Abel

Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer currently completing his PhD at Simon Fraser University, where his studies focus on digital humanities and indigenous poetics. Abel’s
conceptual writing engages with the representation of indigenous peoples in anthropology and popular culture.

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

…second book, following upon his award-winning The Place of Scraps, and is co-published by Project Space and …


news | 2015-01-21
Announcement: New Books for Spring 2015!

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news | 2014-10-01
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news | 2014-06-23
Books for National Aboriginal Month

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news | 2014-05-05
The Place of Scraps Wins Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

…to Jordan Abel, whose first book of poetry, The Place of Scraps , has just won the Dorothy Livesay poetry prize! … were announced on Saturday evening in Vancouver. The Place of Scraps is Abel’s first book of poetry. Through erasure …


news | 2014-04-14
rob mclennan Interviews Jordan Abel

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news | 2014-04-03
The Place of Scraps Shortlisted for 2014 Gerald Lampert Award!

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news | 2014-04-01
It’s Poetry Month!

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news | 2014-03-12
BC Book Prizes 2014 Shortlists Announced!

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news | 2014-03-03
Essay: Arc Poetry Magazine on The Place of Scraps

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