Winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize () The word ‘eunoia,’ which literally Eunoia. The Upgraded Edition. Show Details By Christian Bök Categories: Poetry . Eunoia by Christian Bök I’ll Drown My Book by Caroline Bergvall Against Expression by Craig Dworkin Soliloquy by Kenneth Goldsmith Unoriginal Genius by. Eunoia Christian Bök Coach House Books, $ (paper). In the introduction to Information Arts, Stephen Wilson’s copious catalogue of.

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He chose the parameters for his work linguistic limitations, topics, words under topics, themes in each topic and executed in that method. A Taxonomy of Sound Poetry I will try to do Bok’s experiment justice in this review. Five Baroque Sonnets The text must minimize repeti- tion of substantive vocabulary so that, ideally, no word appears more than once.

You have been conditioned by meaning in all its expected forms. U however is all about dirt and grime and coitus.

Eunoia: by Christian Bok

Still, hi Poor Christian. Four Palindrome Poems A Limit of the Self-Reflexivity of Constrained Writing This book still reads very well, and is full interesting inventions.

Surely they can let one Canadian in? A Fragment of a Steinian Opera These poems have their own subsidiary rules, and the sheer mastery of language left me gobsmacked on a plane above the Midwest. Perhaps unsurprisingly, words which use E as their only vowel allow a slightly less conspicuous syntax – words like the, they, he, she etc.


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Eunoia by Christian Bök

Bruce Andrews, Four 19th-Century Poems Instead, you got Christmas hampers and coffeetable oblivion. Vision 7, The Devil Note that all of the words in this excerpt feature words that only contain the vowel I.

Aug 19, Jake Cooper rated it it was ok Shelves: This makes me highly conscious of the meaning of words, chtistian certain vowel-choices influence their meanings, what vowels are easier to influence meaning than others, and how the rhythm of language suggests certain concepts, without directly stating them. The delicious lyricism of “grugru grubs plus fungus slugs mulch up humus pulp.

The text makes a Sisyphean spectacle eunoiw its labour, wilfully crippling its language in order to show that, even under such improbable conditions of duress, language can still express an uncanny, if not sublime, thought.

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Saying that the exact constraints are immaterial, or that their content is not relevant, is disingenuous to the project of producing an expressive literature, even if it is only “potential” as in Oulipo’s definition or otherwise experimental. A pagan skald chants a dark saga a Mahabharataas a papal cabal blackballs all annals and tracts, all dramas and psalms: But this isn’t boj book of paintings.


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Review: Eunoia

The fact that Bok sat down and went through an entire dictionary to do this poem is ridiculous. Shaking the Pumpkin 5: Four Poems for Coyote Three Poems Keith S.

The Beggar and the King Part Two Seven Poems from Alcheringa Bok tries to wow with the process rather than the product; he writes for his satisfaction, not yours.

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From Chapter I

You can finish it in an hour or two, but be prepared to be scratching your head over it for a while. Views Read Edit View history. Old colophons on school- books from schoolrooms sport two sorts of logo: With constraints, the familiar method of writing fails and questions arise that never would have before. The zen seers tell eumoia I’m not saying I could do it, let alone do it better, but that doesn’t preclude me from sighing or rolling my eyes every three pages.