Jordan Scott, “The State of Talk” + “Morning”

by DSS


Please join us on Monday, March 25th, at 7:30 PM for a just-in-time edition of Poetry & Poetics. The event is free and open to the public. We’ll be meeting at Fisher Bennett Hall (3400 Walnut Street) in the Grad Lounge (Room 330). Strong drinks and light refreshments will be provided.


Poetry & Poetics couldn’t be more excited to host the great Canadian conceptual poet Jordan Scott. All those who have not seen, heard, or read the breathtaking brilliance of Blert are advised to do so immediately. This Monday, our surprise guest will be presenting a critical lecture entitled “The State of Talk: Notes towards Speech Dysfluencies and State Interrogation Procedures,” which investigates notions of dysfluency and interrogation as they might apply from political situations like Guantanamo Bay up to and including the questioning activity of the BLNKT Series here in Philadelphia. Alongside this critical inquiry, Jordan will be presenting a new work of poetry entitled “Morning.” After the reading & lecture, we’ll have a lively conversation about poetry, poetics, and their relations. Please see the Format section for further notes on the program.


Bio / Link Set

Jordan Scott is the author of Silt (New Star Books 2005) which was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and Blert (Coach House Books 2008). Blert, which explores the poetics of stuttering, was adapted into a short film for the Bravo! Network and was the subject of an online interactive documentary commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada. Jordan acted as writer in residence at the International Writers’ and Translators’ Centre in Rhodes, Greece and has lectured and performed at festivals in Norway, Slovenia and throughout North America.

In the fall of 2013 Coach House Books will publish his book-length collaborative photo-essay/prose poem, DECOMP (co-authored with Stephen Collis)—a meditation on ecology and poetry based the decomposition of copies of Darwin’s Origin of Species, left by Collis and Scott to decay for a year in five distinct BC ecosystems. Scott is currently researching speech dysfluencies and state interrogation techniques. He lives in Port Moody BC with his beautiful wife and son.

See more at Influency Salon, Bookninja, & the EPC.