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Eunoia by Christian Bök
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Dec 18, 2007

it was amazing
Read in December, 2007

It's stunning what Bok can do with only one vowel for such an extended time. The first five chapters of this book are each restricted to the use of only one vowel: A, E, I, O, or U, respectively. The last quarter of the collection includes poems that acknowledge other constraints. There is a brief explanation at the end as well, in case you don't "catch" something. Even the cover art was selected for its unique employment of vowels. Two poems are dedicated to George Perec and there is no mistaking that Perec and the Oulipo in general have had a tremendous impact on the inception of this work of art!
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