by Stephen Collis and Jordan Scott

Published by: Coach House Books

144 pages, 9.00 x 6.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781552452820
  • Published: October 2013


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Poets Stephen Collis and Jordan Scott left copies of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species to decay in five distinct ecosystems in British Columbia. A year later, they photographed what remained, reading poetry into nature's "rewriting" process and documenting the gorgeous detritus in Decomp, a long poem in prose and color photographs.

Darwin is an eye amidst graphed genera seeing the web it is woven thereof. A matted scrap of printed material, shit, soil and leaf rot—all dried, bleached and curled up at small edges.

Stephen Collis is the author of four books of poetry and a collection of essays, Dispatches from the Occupation.

Jordan Scott is the author of Silt and Blert, which explores the poetics of stuttering.