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Seven Pages Missing: Selected Texts 1969-1999
     

Seven Pages Missing: Selected Texts 1969-1999

by Steve McCaffery
 

In two massive volumes, Steve McCaffery, Canada's most challenging, experimental and innovative poet/critic amasses the best of his previously published and ungathered work.

From the early concrete and visual poems of Broken Mandala and Transitions to the Beast to the Ludwig Wittgenstein-inspired philosophical investigations of EVOBA, from

Overview

In two massive volumes, Steve McCaffery, Canada's most challenging, experimental and innovative poet/critic amasses the best of his previously published and ungathered work.

From the early concrete and visual poems of Broken Mandala and Transitions to the Beast to the Ludwig Wittgenstein-inspired philosophical investigations of EVOBA, from the innovative novel Panopticon to the Governor General's Award-nominated Theory of Sediment and the recent The Cheat of Words, this comprehensive edition covers all phases of McCaffery's vast and heterogeneous poetic oeuvre. Many works that have previously only been available in small, privately circulated editions, such as Shifters and Every Way Oakly, are available in perfect-bound form here for the first time.

Volume 2, following in the wake of the extraordinarily successful first volume, collects the best of McCaffery's ungathered work. Along with selections from his concrete and visual poetry, this book contains sound poem and performance scores, excerpts from early chapbooks, 'pataphysical essays and sections of the often-discussed but rarely seen text The Abstract Ruin. For new readers and long-time fans of McCaffery alike, Volume 2 of Seven Pages Missing is essential reading.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The second volume of Canadian poet and theorist McCaffery's "selected texts" is every bit as densely various as the first (published in 2000 by Toronto's Coach House) and follows hot on the heels of his second major critical work, Prior to Meaning: The Protosemantic and Poetics. Of the five sections here, the visual and sound works many of them playful, such as "ceci n'est pas un pape" or "Where `worm' equals Mozart and `leopard' equals Coltrane, play `iguana' " are spaciously laid out and provide a perfect point of entry into McCaffery's oeuvre. The section of extracts from longer verse is, while undoubtedly more serious, ultimately less rewarding, but high points from a wonderful section of translations include The Communist Manifesto in Yorkshire dialect ("wiv nowt ter looiz burruz ancuffs un thuv gorraltbluddy worldter win"), a Presbyterian version of Basho ("And a simple frog it was we crucified/ i say unto you that day/ in the province of Basho yea and verily.") and a quite remarkable hybrid of literature and medical science entitled "Baker Transformation," which is as moving as it is disruptive. The ranginess of McCaffery's intellect and the precision of his writing especially his prose is amply displayed in the book's final section. To single out "Apropriopriapus," a perfectly judged "essay" on Gertrude Stein in the manner of a Burroughsian cut-up ("we felt the earth move paris over her idiom tables") is to mention only one of many dizzily genre-defying pieces contained here. While the more arid of McCaffery's texts may come off more as exercises than poems, it is impossible to ignore the exuberant inventiveness at play in the majority of his work. (Sept. 30) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552450499
Publisher:
Coach House Books
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.25(d)

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