The Alphabet Game
A bpNichol Reader
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Alphabet Game by B. P. Nichol
Book DescriptionA member of the sound-poetry collective, The Four Horsemen, winner of a Governor General's Award for Poetry and writer of Fraggle Rock, bpNichol was one of Canada's most important poets. All of Nichol's writing is distinguished 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. The astounding range of Nichol's practice included musical theatre, children's books, comic book art and collage/assemblage. Broadly spanning the history of Nichol's work, The Alphabet Game: A bpNichol Reader includes both classics and esoteric treasures. From the early typewriter poetry of Konfessions of an Elizabethan Fan Dancer and Nichol's life-long work of poetry The Martyrology, to the heartbreaking prose of Journal and the whimsical autobiography of Selected Organs, this collection maps the literary career of this enigmatic poet. For first-time readers of Nichol, this comprehensive collection is a perfect introduction to his groundbreaking work; for loyal Nichol fans, this reader is the the long-awaited compilation of his less readily available work.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781552451878
(203mm x 127mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Coach House Books
Publisher: Coach House Books
Publish Date: 18-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: Canada
Books By Author B. P. Nichol
Book of Variations, Paperback (May 2013)
a book of variations returns to print three seminal texts by one of the twentieth century's most inventive poets.
Meanwhile, Paperback (September 2002)
A thoughtful and provocative 30-year record of Nichol's approaches to textual production.
Konfessions of an Elizabethan Fan Dancer, Paperback (May 2000)
Features poetry that's a lot like art - its meaning comes from what it looks like instead of the order of the words. This work presents concrete poetry, that is playful, sincere, explorative, intelligent, and human. It also presents visual puns and word puzzles.
Gifts, Paperback (February 1994)» View all books by B. P. Nichol
If the expression 'Two steps forward, one step back' describes the conventional attitude toward hesitation and uncertainty, this title takes those steps and turns them into a dance. It documents the sorts of interruptions that plague the lives of artists and writers. It reflects the dynamic between the known and the unknown.
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Author Biography - B. P. Nichol
bpNichol (1944-88) is the author of countless publications in a variety of forms, including poery (lyric, concrete, visual, sound), fiction, and children's stories, and a winner of the Governor General's Award for Poetry. He also wrote drama for the stage and television scripts, including Fraggle Rock. Nichol was a member of the Toronto Research Group and the Four Horsemen, a sound-poetry performance group. His major work is the nine-volume The Martyrology, widely taught and considered a seminal work in Canadian letters. Smaro Kamboureli is the Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Canadian Literature at the University of Guelph. She is the editor of the Writer as Critic series and of Making a Difference: Canadian Multicultural Literatures in English, and the author of Scandalous Bodies: Diasporic Literature in English Canada. Darren Wershler-Henry is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. His most recent books are apostrophe, with Bill Kennedy, and The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History of Typewriting.
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