Christian Bök

(born Book, 1966) is a Canadian experimental poet. He lives in Calgary.

Eunoia is probably the work for which he is most famous. Edited by Darren Wershler-Henry at Coach House Books, Eunoia is a lipogram that uses only one vowel in each of its five chapters, and this work has gone on to become a bestseller in Canada, winning the lucrative Griffin Poetry Prize in 2002. “Vowels,” a poem that appears in Eunoia has been featured in the lyrics of a song on the EP “A Quick Fix of Melancholy” (2003) by the Norwegian rock band Ulver.

Christian Bök is also the author of Crystallography (Coach House Books, 1994), a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Bök is a sound poet, having performed an extremely condensed version of the “Ursonate” by Kurt Schwitters. He has created conceptual art, making artist’s books from Rubik’s cubes and Lego bricks.

Christian Bök is a Ph.D. graduate from York University in Toronto, and as of 2005 he teaches at the University of Calgary. He has also worked in science-fiction television, designing artificial languages for Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon. source

Listen to Christian Bök: ‘Ursonate’ by Kurt Schwitter’s (18:36 ) source

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