Eunoia: The Upgraded Edition by Christian Bok

By Christian Bok

The notice ‘eunoia,’ which accurately ability ‘beautiful thinking,’ is the shortest be aware in English that includes all 5 vowels. without delay encouraged via the Oulipo (l’Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle), a French writers’ workforce attracted to experimenting with diversified varieties of literary constraint, Eunoia is a five-chapter publication within which each one bankruptcy is a univocal lipogram – the 1st bankruptcy has A as its in basic terms vowel, the second one bankruptcy E, and so on. each one vowel takes on a special character: 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 constructed a cult following, garnering broad compliment and successful the Griffin Poetry Prize. the unique variation used to be by no means published within the united states, however it has already been a bestseller in Canada and the U.K. (published via Canongate Books), the place it was once indexed as one of many Times’ most sensible ten books of 2008.

This version positive aspects a number of new yet comparable poems through Christian Bök and an extended afterword.

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It should send the belittlers of your poetic power scudding like yawls before the wind. With the strong local color of your first two books becoming the background, in the development of the personal, reflective poems of “Down East,” to a more universal expression of your emotions and philosophy, you reach maturity. The most striking 1931–1936 : part i : 11 growth is in your ability to describe the sea and its effect on you. In your earlier work you often failed—there are metaphors and similes in such poems as “The Gulf Stream” and “Ocean Liner” that grate on the mind like a dory bottom on a rocky beach.

It’s been Emerson, Melville, Whitman, Twain, Wolfe. When the best America’s got comes out, it bursts and spatters like black oil struck in the Oklahoma fields. By the time it’s harnessed and piped, controlled, the terrible fire, the lovely power, somehow, is gone. Perhaps it just has been that way and now we’re old enough to get a code on our spiritual as well as our social forces. I don’t 1931–1936 : part i : 13 know. I don’t know any more what I think about it than I do what I think about Wolfe or about myself.

A summer route! It’s first delivery today! Fernwood—over back of West Gloucester Station, Winniahdin and Little River. Long walks between stops but a good route for me for the summer, I think—outdoors, good leg training and I can work the route out myself instead of stepping into a regular’s place. My desk is next to Billy Maister’s. They gave me a new bag. Net pay down here learning the route. I punch the clock tomorrow for the first time at 7:30. 3 4 : part i : 1931–1936 And I go out alone! Oh, boy, what a time I’ll have trying to find these summer cottages and the people in ’em.

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