Excerpt from "Night & Ox"
I worry about this rosepink compression of love-dread reads me infrasound coyote tolling upstairs jammies nightie burrowing pupshins backlit ankylosaurus 21 you're small your small so cry's inky stampede blotchy in bee costume in glyph kitchen on glottis island studded sturgeon weighs dashberry mirror drum decimal cosmoglottal mudstone, look borealis it’s crystalline starboard boyform metadata tone boxlip salmonoid heaviness always magnetic dignity unlicked cub
Jordan Scott is the author of Silt (2005), blert (2008) and, with Stephen Collis, Decomp (2013). Scott was the 2015/16 Writer-in-Residence at Simon Fraser University. He lives in Port Coquitlam, BC.
Night & Ox is a long poem working its interruptions to a degree where it's broken by the will to live. A poem that invokes expansive loneliness, where the poet's emotional response is to endure. A crushed line of astral forms and anatomy in perpetual remove; it is a poem that nurtures vulnerability: some soft-footed embryo sounds against language’s viscera. Night & Ox possesses a feral minimalism for those too tired and too frantic with joy to cope with narrative.
"Scott takes us down to the basement of words, where sound and rhythm rule, and poets learn their craft." – Dennis Lee
Arrives April 2017.
Book Launches: Done and gone.
Purchases: From the Coach House Books website or at your local bookstore. $18.95.
Soft-footing embryo sounds against language’s viscera.
The copyrights of all poems included in the series remain with their authors, and are reprinted with the permission of the publishers.