Truth: A Book of Fictions

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Mercury Press, 1993 - Poetry - 176 pages

Truth: A Book of Fictions takes reading through the looking-glass to haunt those linguistic frontiers where pun, paradox and contradiction reign supreme and to navigate the delirious other side of sense where language emerges as the obsessive object of both analysis and desire.

Truth: A Book of Fictions is a valuable addition to Nichol?s oeuvre. Caringly edited by Irene Niechoda, its range encompasses studies in contradictory information, the book-machine, a "pataphysical hardware catalogue, allegories of the single letter and the alternate semiotics of cartoon clouds. Spanning more than twenty years? worth of rich material, it will be welcomed by logophiliacs and paradoxophiles alike. For as John Ruskin put it, when love and skill work together expect a masterpiece.

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About the author (1993)

bpNichol was a canadian poet whose real name was Barrie Phillip Nichol. He was born on September 30, 1944, and died on September 25, 1988. His most famous published work is probably The Martyrology, a long poem encompassing 9 books in 6 volumes. He founded Ganglia Press in 1965 with David Aylward. A street in Toronto, Canada, is named in his honour. bpNichol Lane is located in the Annex district behind Coach House Press. It features an eight-line poem by Nichol carved into the pavement: "A / LAKE / A / LANE / A / LINE / A / LONE". Nichol died after complications from back surgery.

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