Erin Scott


Erin Scott

$25 | Published June 2020.

8.25" x 8.25", 24pp. ISBN: 978-1-988764-05-4.

The poems in Atrophy meditate on time and loss, and as they reflect on the sacredness of landscapes, the book reminded us, too, of some of the core themes in John Lent’s own work. There's a gorgeous weight to Atrophy and at the same it's marked by such a sharp self-awareness; in this way all of its voices/sounds strike us as sweetly human. Another way to put this is to say that we were held by the very real, authentic power of the poetry in Atrophy: “but the hawk knew / about perching above the hullabaloo” and “swallowing the light / will only open the body to decay” and “slicing watermelon in neat lines / cleaning the body of rind.” The music of the manuscript is never forced or ironic—and the narrative of the poem itself has an undeniable urgency. We think this is beautiful work and we’re thrilled to nominate it for the John Lent Poetry and Prose Award.

—Jake Kennedy and Laisha Rosnau


This book has been hand-set in Monotype Bembo with a bit of Monotype Sans Serif Bold Extended for the main title. The paper is Crane Lettra with Fabriano Tiziano for the wrapper. The edition of 50 copies was set, proofed, printed & bound by students of Okanagan College’s Diploma in Writing & Publishing.


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The production team from ENGL205 included: Hunter Cahoon, Eli Cherney, Nils Donnelly, Brooke Dreger, Kate Frend, Ned Henningham, Michelle King, Emma Klingspohn, Kayla Onofrichuk, Daniel Richardson, Pauline Schlegel, Clare Thiessen & Jason Dewinetz.

Erin Scott

Erin Scott is a poet and performer living and working in the unceded Syil’x territory (Kelowna). Her work has appeared in Ricepaper Magazine, at InspiraTO Festival, Living Things Festival, and is forthcoming in subTerrain Magazine. She holds an MFA from UBC, works extensively in the community arts sector in the Okanagan, and is mother to two wild daughters.