Daniel G. Scott

Random Excess

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Random Excess is a collection of writing, the title riffing on the computer language of random access memory - RAM. The poems and other pieces are not theme linked but wander through a range of matters touching on memories, family, the past, places, random others, troubles and occasional nonsense. “I have eclectic interests and these pieces reflect my scattered attentions that look at the world otherwise while being as human(e) as possible with a thoughtful eye.” Perhaps a gathering of misfits is a better description of these poems. Random Excess is the third collection of Daniel G Scott’s poetry published by Ekstasis.

From the haunting shadows of “Road Kill Memoir” to the hilarity of “Surfing with Pasternak in Tofino,” Daniel Scott's collection of random people, places, politics, and advice, stayed with me long after I finished the last page. Random Excess is a romp in the bizarre, the real, and “the far distance of closeness.”
~ Terry Ann Carter, author of Tokaido

Daniel Scott steps back from the world just far enough so that all he sees and touches begins to feel uncertain, foreign, strange, as if we who come and go from life are but visitors to this uncharted territory: “you don’t know how/ you got here or why,” he writes. These poems will rearrange your sense of familiarity with the world, and like Scott, you also may begin to say, “I am not of here/ yet feel the ground/ as home.”
~ Pamela Porter, author of Cathedral

Daniel G Scott is the current (5th) Artistic Director of the Planet Earth Poetry Reading Series. He has written in a variety of forms but poetry is his long-standing love. He has previously published gnarled love and terrains (with Ekstasis Editions), and black onion and two chapbooks: street signs and Interrupted (with Goldfinch Press). He has individual poems in anthologies and chapbooks as well as numerous academic publications including journal articles and book chapters and, with Shannon McFerran, The Girls Diary Project (University of Victoria, 2013). He won a one-act playwriting competition in New Brunswick in 1984. He is an Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Victoria, School of Child and Youth Care, father and grandfather.

ISBN 978-1-77171-295-8
135 Pages
6 x 9
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