The Alphabet Game

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Coach House Books, 2007 - Poetry - 334 pages
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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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This beautifully produced volume fills a large gap in 20th century North American poetry, selecting from the great long works of a master of profound whimsy, and also including arresting examples from ... Read full review


to the memory of Hugo Ball 1968
An Evening of Concrete 1970
the aleph beth book 1971
Aleph Unit 1973
Alphhabet Ilphabet 1978
Book 1
Book 3
stories texts 19661976 1978
Journal 1978
A Wedding 1978
Parts of an Autobiography 1988
a book of remembrances 1974
a book of mysteries and translations 1985
a book of contexts 1990

Journeying the Returns 1967
The Other Side of the Room 1971
Extreme Positions 1981
Two Novels 1971

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About the author (2007)

bpNichol was the author of numerous books of poetry, including In England Now That Spring (co-authored with Steve McCaffery), Truth: A Book of Fictions and nine volumes of The Martyrology, as well as four novels, several books for children and one collection of short fiction. A founding member of the sound poetry quartet The Four Horsemen, Nichol was recognized internationally as one of the major avant-gardewriters of his time. Besides his small press and magazine editorial activities (including Ganglia, grOnk and Underwhich Editions), he was a great collaborator with many artists in the areas of writing, sound poetry performance, and linguistic research.

Lori Emerson is Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at The Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Literature, Communication, and Culture. Her writing has appeared in many journals, including Postmodern Culture and Essays on Canadian Writing. Emerson has guest-edited a special double issue on bpNichol for Open Letter: A Canadian Journal of Writing and Theory, and she has made available many of Nichol's sound poems and performances through her creation of an online audio archive for the University of Pennsylvania's PennSound project.

Darren Wershler-Henry is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at WilfridLaurier University. His most recent books are apostrophe (with Bill Kennedy) and The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History of Typewriting.

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