Dimensions:8in x 6 x 0.3 in | 240 gr
Page Count:128 pages
PRAISE FOR LESLEY BATTLER
Electric and unexpected... Lesley Battler's "Idylls of Inuvik" [is] a zinger of a poem that uses the internal, molecular energy of words to enact a merciless takedown of the still-colonial attitudes at play in the economics of Canada's North.
--Anita Lahey, Arc Poetry Magazine
Lesley Battler's fabulous Endangered Hydrocarbons is a high-octane romp through Alberta's oil patch... a tour from office tower cubicles to bitumen sands extraction sites. But it's as though the excursion is conducted jointly by the spirits of Edward Snowden, Groucho Marx, and Lewis Carroll... Battler distills, blends, and blurs the jargons of geology, chemistry, oil exploration, drilling technologies, and corporate spin.
- Tom Wayman
Lesley Battler's cut-up work will continue to remind me that it will always be easier to remove overburden than it will be to clear-cut a small forest. Her work brings us the spectacle of the wars of rhetoric--with their victors & victims of ideology, hijacking knowledge and power with 'approved terms of vocabulary.
-- Paul Zits, filling Station
Endangered Hydrocarbons takes the language of oil extraction and plays it through different discourses-religion, mythology, imagined conversations with Foucault, public consultation processes, and creative writing.
- Jay Smith, Alberta Views