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A 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 Details

ISBN: 9781552451878
ISBN-10: 1552451879
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 127mm x 28mm)
Pages: 250
Imprint: Coach House Books
Publisher: Coach House Books
Publish Date: 18-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: Canada


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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.

Books By Author B. P. Nichol

Book of Variations by B. P. Nichol

A Book of Variations

Paperback, May 2013
Meanwhile by B. P. Nichol


Paperback, September 2002
Konfessions of an Elizabethan Fan Dancer by B. P. Nichol

Konfessions of an Elizabethan Fan Dancer

Paperback, May 2000
Martyrology by B. P. Nichol

The Martyrology

Paperback, February 1994