By Christian Bok
The observe ‘eunoia,’ which accurately skill ‘beautiful thinking,’ is the shortest notice in English that includes all 5 vowels. without delay encouraged by means of the Oulipo (l’Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle), a French writers’ crew drawn to experimenting with assorted varieties of literary constraint, Eunoia is a five-chapter e-book within which every one bankruptcy is a univocal lipogram – the 1st bankruptcy has A as its purely vowel, the second one bankruptcy E, and so forth. each one vowel takes on a unique character: the I is egotistical and romantic, the O jocular and obscene, the E elegiac and epic (including a retelling of the Iliad!).
Stunning in its implications and masterful in its execution, Eunoia has constructed a cult following, garnering wide compliment and profitable the Griffin Poetry Prize. the unique version used to be by no means published within the united states, however it has already been a bestseller in Canada and the U.K. (published via Canongate Books), the place it was once indexed as one of many Times’ best ten books of 2008.
This version positive factors numerous new yet comparable poems by means of Christian Bök and an extended afterword.