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Eunoia

(2001)
A collection of poems by

 
The word 'eunoia,' which literally means 'beautiful thinking,' is the shortest word in English that contains all five vowels. Directly inspired by the Oulipo (l'Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle), a French writers' group interested in experimenting with different forms of literary constraint, Eunoia is a five-chapter book in which each chapter is a univocal lipogram - the first chapter has A as its only vowel, the second chapter E, etc. Each vowel takes on a distinct personality: 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 developed a cult following, garnering extensive praise and winning the Griffin Poetry Prize. The original edition was never released in the U.S., but it has already been a bestseller in Canada and the U.K. (published by Canongate Books), where it was listed as one of the Times' top ten books of 2008.

This edition features several new but related poems by Christian Bok and an expanded afterword.

    

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Hardback Editions

January 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: Eunoia
Author(s): Christian Bok
ISBN: 1-84767-239-6 / 978-1-84767-239-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

October 2005 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Eunoia: The Upgraded Edition
Author(s): Christian Bok
ISBN: 1-55245-225-5 / 978-1-55245-225-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Coach House Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Eunoia
Author(s): Christian Bok
ISBN: 1-84767-244-2 / 978-1-84767-244-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Eunoia
Author(s): Christian Bo K , Christian BOK
ISBN: 1-933368-15-2 / 978-1-933368-15-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2003 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Eunoia: The Set (CD and Book)
Author(s): Christian Bok
ISBN: 1-55245-125-9 / 978-1-55245-125-0 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Coach House Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2001 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Eunoia
Author(s): Christian Bok
ISBN: 1-55245-092-9 / 978-1-55245-092-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Coach House Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

February 1999 : Canada Audio CD
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Title: Eunoia: The CD
Author(s): Christian Bok
ISBN: 1-55245-124-0 / 978-1-55245-124-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Coach House Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2008 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Eunoia
Author(s): Christian Bok
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


October 2005 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Eunoia: The Upgraded Edition
Author(s): Christian Bok
Publisher: Coach House Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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