Monday, July 11, 2016

new from above/ground press: 10 Poems, by Christian Bök

10 Poems
Christian Bök

Karawane, von Hugo Ball

jolifanta bambla o falli bambla
grossiga mpfa habla horem
egiga goramen
higo bloiko russula huju
hollaka hollala
anlogo bung
blago bung
blago bung
bosso fataka
u uu u
schampa wulla wussa olobo
hej tata gorem
eschige zunbada
wulubu ssubudu ulu wassubada
tumba bahumf
kusa gauma

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
May 2016
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

The pieces in “10 Poems” were lifted from the website Lyrikline (, where audio of all ten pieces can also be found at:

Produced for free distribution as part of “Christian Bök Unbound,” a Calgary celebration of Christian Bök before he relocated to Darwin Australia, May 29, 2016.

Christian Bök is the author of Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), a ’pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award for Best Poetic Debut, and ’Pataphysics: The Poetics of an Imaginary Science (Northwestern University Press, 2001). His book Eunoia won the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize. Bök has created artificial languages for Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon. His conceptual artwork has appeared at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City as part of the exhibit Poetry Plastique. His latest work is The Xenotext: Book 1 (Coach House Books, 2015). Until this spring, he taught at the University of Calgary.

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