Artifice of Absorption


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Artifice of Absorption
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Gil Ott published "Artifice of Absorption" as a special issue of Paper Air in 1987. A revised version of the work is included in A Poeitics,published by Harvard University Press in 1992. A Poeitics remains in print: order it here. This html edition, created around 2014, uses the text from A Poeitcs, although the notes are in a separate file in this version, while they are formatted as footnotes in A Poeiticsm, which I prefer.

Covers by Susan Bee, based on photographs from How a Baby Grows: A Story in Pictures by Arnold Gassell (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1945). Used by permission of the Gassell Institute of Human development.

An early draft of this work was presented at the final session of the New Poetics Colloquium of the Kootenay School of Writing, at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada, on August 25, 1985.  Thanks to Colin Browne, who organized the event.  Part of my project in Vancouver was to see how much of the proceedings of the colloquium I could absorb into (or would leak out of) this work, which was completed in December 1986.