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Eunoia (Paperback)
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An astounding book of poetry. Each chapter uses a different vowel. In using only one vowel per chapter, Bok really illuminates the weird, wonderful personalities each letter. An excellent achievement in experimental poetry. — From John

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The word 'eunoia, ' which literally means 'beautiful thinking, ' is the shortest word in English that contains all five vowels. Directly inspired by the Oulipo (l'Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle), a French writers' group interested in experimenting with different forms of literary constraint, Eunoia is a five-chapter book in which each chapter is a univocal lipogram - the first chapter has A as its only vowel, the second chapter E, etc. Each vowel takes on a distinct personality: the I is egotistical and romantic, the O jocular and obscene, the E elegiac and epic (including a retelling of the Iliad ).

Stunning in its implications and masterful in its execution, Eunoia has developed a cult following, garnering extensive praise and winning the Griffin Poetry Prize. The original edition was never released in the U.S., but it has already been a bestseller in Canada and the U.K. (published by Canongate Books), where it was listed as one of the Times' top ten books of 2008.

This edition features several new but related poems by Christian Bok and an expanded afterword.

About the Author


Christian Bok is the author of Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), a 'pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award for Best Poetic Debut, and 'Pataphysics: The Poetics of an Imaginary Science (Northwestern University Press, 2001). His book Eunoia won the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize and is the best-selling Canadian poetry book of all time. Bok has created artificial languages for Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley's Amazon. His conceptual artwork has appeared at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City as part of the exhibit Poetry Plastique. He currently teaches at the University of Calgary.

Praise For…


'Eunoia is a novel that will drive everybody sane.' Samuel Delany, author of The Einstein Intersection

'A marvellous, musical texture of rhymes and echoes.' Harry Mathews, author of The New Tourism and My Life in the CIA

'An exemplary monument for 21st century poetry.' Charles Bernstein, author of Attack of the Difficult Poems and Girly Man

'Bök's dazzling word games are the literary sensation of the year.' The Times

'A resounding success ... brilliant.' The Guardian

'Brilliant ... beautiful and strange.' Today Programme, BBC Radio 4

'Impressive.' Sunday Telegraph

'No mere Christmas stocking filler for Countdown fans. Rather, it's an ingenious little novel ... playful and irreverent ... charming.' Metro

Product Details
ISBN: 9781552452257
ISBN-10: 1552452255
Publisher: Coach House Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2009
Pages: 115
Language: English