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Alphabet Game - B. P. Nichol

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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.

Prologue: The Complete Works (1969)p. 11
Not What the Siren Sang But What the Frag Meantp. 14
Poem for Kenneth Patchenp. 15
Bluesp. 16
Easter Pomep. 17
Early Morning: June 23p. 18
Dada Lama: to the memory of Hugo Ball (1968)p. 19
The Cosmic Chef: An Evening of Concrete: untitled [nnnnnn]p. 25
Still Water: excerptsp. 26
ABC: the aleph beth book: manifestop. 34
ABC: the aleph beth book: excerptsp. 35
Aleph Unit Closedp. 42
Aleph Unit Openedp. 43
Aleph Unit Surfacep. 44
Aleph Unit Observedp. 45
Aleph Unit Notp. 46
Alphhabet Ilphabet: H (an alphhabet)p. 48
from The Martyrology: Book 1p. 50
from The Martyrology: Book 2p. 55
from The Martyrology: Book 3p. 58
from The Martyrology: Book 4p. 78
from The Martyrology: Book 5p. 91
from The Martyrology: Book 6 Booksp. 111
Journeying & the Returns: Part I: Blues on Greenp. 130
Journeying & the Returns: Part 3: Ancient Maps of the Real Worldp. 133
Journeying & the Returns: Statementp. 142
The Other Side of the Room: circus daysp. 143
The Other Side of the Room: stasisp. 145
TTA 4: original versionp. 146
TTA 7: re-arranging letters alphabeticallyp. 147
TTA 13: sound translationp. 148
TTA 17: acrostic translationp. 149
from TTA 18: 10 views: view I (walking east ...)p. 153
TTA 30: poem as a machine for generating line drawingsp. 154
TTA 53: typewriter translation after the style of Earle Birneyp. 155
Extreme Positions 4p. 158
Andyp. 170
For Jesus Lunatickp. 180
Gorg: a detective storyp. 186
The True Eventual Story of Billy the Kidp. 187
The Long Weekend of Louis Rielp. 191
Two Heroesp. 195
Journal: 1p. 200
Journal: 3p. 217
Two Words: A Weddingp. 219
Stillp. 220
The Vaginap. 226
The Mouthp. 228
The Tonsilsp. 230
The Lungs: A Draftp. 231
Sum of the Partsp. 234
Framesp. 238
Trans-Continentalp. 243
Allegoriesp. 272
Song for saint einp. 280
Self-contradictionp. 281
Probable systems 8p. 282
Pastoralp. 284
Love songp. 285
Love song 3p. 286
Three small songs for gladys hindmarchp. 287
Probable systemsp. 289
Probable systems 15: division of the signifiedp. 290
The Frog Variationsp. 291
Three Months in New York City: The Actual Life of Language 1p. 293
Sixteen Lilypadsp. 307
Untitled [asea/ease]p. 308
Catching Frogsp. 309
Untitled [fr/pond/glop]p. 310
Water Poem 5p. 311
Probable systems 24: physical contexts of human wordsp. 312
Epiprologue: Before Closurep. 313
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ISBN: 9781552451878
ISBN-10: 1552451879
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 1st October 2007
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.6  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.58

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