Eunoia

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Coach House Books, 2001 - Poetry - 105 pages
49 Reviews

Winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize!

Over five years in the making, poet, 'pataphysican, performer and artist Christian Bök's much-anticipated second book Eunoia is about to change your perception of your own language forever.

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 Littérature 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 only E, etc.). Each vowel takes on a distinct personality – the I is egotistical and romantic, the O jocular and obscene, the E elegaic and epic (Bök actually retells the entire Iliad in Chapter E; you have to read it to believe it). Stunning in its implications and masterful in its execution, Eunoia is one of the most unusual and important books of any year.

  

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Review: Eunoia

User Review  - Molly Ison - Goodreads

This book of poetry gets a fourth star for effort. So much effort. It's also uneven, possibly because some letters have more interesting monovowellabic (Did Bok use an actual word to describe this ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rrain - Goodreads

I first read this in, I think, 2003, when a friend challenged me to work within just a couple of the constraints that the author imposes on himself here. It blew my mind. An exercise in severe ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER A
12
CHAPTER E
31
CHAPTER I
50
CHAPTER O
59
CHAPTER U
77
AND SOMETIMES
84
VOWELS
86
VOILE
88
W
92
EMENDED EXCESS
95
THE NEW ENNUI
103

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About the author (2001)

Christian Bok was named the Canadian winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize Thursday for his book Eunoia. He is considered an experimental author.

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