Martyrology Books 1 & 2

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Coach House Books, Jan 18, 1994 - Poetry - 240 pages
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'All of Nichol's work is stamped by his desire to create texts that are engaging in themselves as well as in context, and to use indirect structural and textual devices to carry meaning. In "The Martyrology" different ways of speaking testify to a journey through different ways of being. Language is both the poet s instructor and, through its various permutations, the dominant 'image' of the poem. The [nine] books of "The Martyrology" document a poet s quest for insight into himself and his writing through scrupulous attention to the messages hidden in the morphology of his own speech. Frank Davey"

 

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bpNichol was a canadian poet whose real name was Barrie Phillip Nichol. He was born on September 30, 1944, and died on September 25, 1988. His most famous published work is probably The Martyrology, a long poem encompassing 9 books in 6 volumes. He founded Ganglia Press in 1965 with David Aylward. A street in Toronto, Canada, is named in his honour. bpNichol Lane is located in the Annex district behind Coach House Press. It features an eight-line poem by Nichol carved into the pavement: "A / LAKE / A / LANE / A / LINE / A / LONE". Nichol died after complications from back surgery.

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