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.