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Eunoia by Christian Bök
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Jun 09, 2010

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bookshelves: read-in-2010, poetry
Recommended for: people with pretensions
Read in June, 2010

My first reaction to this book was my general reaction to poetry utilizing obscure form: "oh, the cleverness of you." So Bok chose to explore individual vowels by writing chapters in Eunoia using only that vowel, but where is the meaning? What is the point? But there really was more to it than that. Or maybe I was just easily won over by the elegant lantern in E.

We sneer when we detect the clever scheme--the emergent repetend: the letter E. We jeer; we jest. We express resentment. We detest these depthless pretenses--these present-tense verbs, expressed pell-mell. We prefer genteel speech, where sense redeems senselessness.

Eventually, cleverness really does win me over. This has to have been difficult to accomplish, actually telling any sort of story at all within this stricture is impressive and well done.

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