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Eunoia by Christian Bök

When she remembers Greece, her seceded demesne, she feels wretched, left here, bereft, her needs never met. Bells knell when the keep gets levelled; then Greek rebels cheer when Helen enters her Greek temple the steepled glebe where jewelled steeples shelter her ephebes ; there, the reverends bless the freed empress.

Until now, not that I’d thought of it much, it had never been clear to me why anyone would want to write a novel without any e vowels in it or was it only with words containing the vowel e apart from it being a sort of clever thing to do, but this book has let me see just how interesting writing with such constraints can be.

The reader discovers one thing quickly: The Improbable Poetry of the Americas Vowels or more specifically, one vowel words, leads to wondrous results, depending on their arrangement and loyalty to the form. I was impressed by all of the techniques chriatian used and how he put together all the words under strict rules to create something that cgristian meaning.


You’ve got to give Christian Bok credit for the effort, and for pulling it off at all. Whether or not the author makes the constraints known, readers will usually know they’re reading the result of constrained writing, so an awareness of constraints will temper the reading, accompanying it like a second narrative.

Aug 19, Jake Cooper rated it it was ok Shelves: Every egret enters, emerges, then exceeds the lengths these jewels decree.

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From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. On the other side, before I read Eunoia, I already knew the rules of his approach but he still revealed more than I had expected.

All chapters must allude to the art of writing. I’m glad this text is available to read online for free. Irish tinsmiths, fiddling with widgits, fix this rig, driving its drills which spin whirring drillbits. The text deletes selected letters.

But within the parameters of his work, he stayed loyal, not swaying or breaking any of the rules even though there were more words he wanted to include. Poems for the Millennium: A, E, I, O, or U, respectively.

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May 18, Chris rated enoia it was amazing. From Scrolls, an experimental work in progress Four Palindrome Poems E, A, I and O are interesting narratives. A madcap vandal crafts a small black ankh — a hand- stamp that can stamp a wax pad and at last plant a mark that sparks an ars magna an abstract art that charts a phrasal anagram.

American Sign Language as a Medium for Poetry What do you think the relationship is between the word eunoia and the experiment of this book? With limitless arrangements, everybody falls in similar, predictable patterns of thought. E, A, I and Chrristian are interesting narratives.


Dec 18, Dana rated it it was amazing. A Poem Newly Set in Memoriam: What I most enjoyed about his work was the underlying scientific approach. Two Poems Recovered All chapters must describe a culinary banquet, a prurient debauch, a pastoral tableau and a nautical voyage. Why shouldn’t a read assume that the content of the particular rules “a culinary banquet, a prurient debauch, a pastoral tableau and a nautical voyage” is entirely conventional?

A magnificent labour of excellence, ingenuity and love! Eunoia June 1, Brian Kim Stefans. Rather, it’s an ingenious little novel For best printing results try turning on any options your web browser’s print dialog makes available for printing backgrounds and background graphics. He always stuck out to me as an odd and interesting poet with his interest in pushing the boundaries of language in traditional poetry.

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Some Event Pieces A mad, bad, glad Dada blast. His limitations acted as a yin for his creativity, just as randomness and anarchy balances with order. Excerpts from Eunoia The letter Y is suppressed. Goodreads helps you keep track of fhristian you want to read. I think about Bok all the time. My Life in America Apr 01, John Wiswell rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No amount is too small.