Un/inhabitedFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889229228 | paperback / softback

$24.95 | 240 pages | Pub. Date: 2015
5.5 W × 8.5 H × 1 D inches
Poetry | Backlist | Bisac: POE015000
ISBN 13: 9780889229228 | Rights: WORLD

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.

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 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.

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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