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Basho Variations
     

Basho Variations

by Steve McCaffery
 

Poetry. Translation. THE BASHO VARIATIONS gathers thirty-four translations of Basho's famous haiku. In doing so, it enters an august (albeit scanty) lineage of maverick redactions of this poem that include (as inaugural) the 'frog pond plop' by Dom Sylvester Huedard and the 'fog prondl pop' by bp Nichol. Inspired by Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style, it also

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Poetry. Translation. THE BASHO VARIATIONS gathers thirty-four translations of Basho's famous haiku. In doing so, it enters an august (albeit scanty) lineage of maverick redactions of this poem that include (as inaugural) the 'frog pond plop' by Dom Sylvester Huedard and the 'fog prondl pop' by bp Nichol. Inspired by Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style, it also joins the company of his earlier 'Restricted Translation with Imperfect Level Shift (After Basho)' as well as the Frogments from the Frag Pool: Haiku after Basho by fellow ludicians de langage Gary Barwin and Derek Beaulieu; Beaulieu's solo ((plop)) and Basho's Frogger (a Zen video game) created by the Prize Budget for Boys.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780978158774
Publisher:
Book Thug
Publication date:
02/01/2007
Pages:
50
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


Steve McCaffery is author of fifteen books of poetry and one novel Panopticon. He has twice received the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative American Poetry in 1993-94 and 1994-95. Theory of Sediment was nominated for the Governor General's Award in 1992 and The Black Debt was short-listed for the 1990 Before Columbus Award. In 1973 he co-founded with the late bp Nichol the Toronto Research Group and edited Rational Geomancy the collected in North of Intention: Critical Writings 1973-1986 (1986). He has performed his poetry world-wide and his work has been translated into French, Spanish, Chinese, and Hungarian. He teaches poetics, critical theory, and contemporary literature.

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