Eunoia

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Coach House Books, 2001 - Poetry - 105 pages
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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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User Review  - Colby Stolson - Goodreads

I dived into this book of constraint-based poetry expecting the only constraint to be the vowels within each word. Christian Bök does not constrain himself to just that, but to accenting internal ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kristen Pollard - Goodreads

This is a great book of poetry by a man who decided to experiment with language and see if he could write a poem using words that only have a certain vowel (a, e, i, o, u, or y). Surprisingly, it ... 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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