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Endangered Hydrocarbons

Battler, Lesley

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ISBN 10: 1771660937 / ISBN 13: 9781771660938
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Title: Endangered Hydrocarbons

Publisher: Bookthug

Book Condition:Very Good

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Poetry. Fracking—tar-sand runoff—dirty oil extraction. This is the language of our oil-addicted 21st- century society: incredibly invasive, blatant in its purpose, and richly embedded in mythological and archetypal symbolism. The ultimate goal of the industry: To core the underworld. ENDANGERED HYDROCARBONS, Lesley Battler's first full-length collection of poetry, shows that the language of hydrocarbon extraction, with its blend of sexual imagery, archetype, science, pseudoscience, and the purely speculative, can be as addictive as the resource it pursues. Using pastiche and wordplay, Battler shines a floodlight on the absurdity and pervasiveness of production language in all areas of human life in the oil fields, including art, culture, and politics. Incorporating texts generated by a multinational oil company, and spliced with a variety of found material (video games, home decor magazines, works by Henry James and Carl Jung), Battler deliberately tampers with her sources, treating them as crude oil—excavating, mixing, and drilling these texts to emulate extraction processes used by the industry.

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Born in Barrie, Ontario, Lesley Battler's work has been published in Alberta Views, Arc, Contemporary Verse 2, dandelion, filling Station, Matrix, Other Voices, PRISM international, and west coast line. She won the PRISM international Earle Birney Award (2012), and the University of Calgary Poem of the Season Award (2009) for a poem that became part of ENDANGERED HYDROCARBONS. Battler received an MA in English from Concordia University, and currently lives in Calgary, where she works in the petrochemical industry.

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