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bpNichol was one of Canada’s most challenging and innovative poets. His writing spans a remarkable range—from concise allegories on a single letter, on through to sound poetry, fiction, theoretical investigations and culminating in his nine-volume poem The Martyrology. Nichol’s curiosity and his care of language provoke his readers to embark on their own explorations into the language frontier. Meanwhile: The Critical Writings of bpNichol (2001), bpNichol Comics (2001), Rational Geomancy (1992) and Selected Writing: As Elected (1980) are also available from Talonbooks. A celebration of Nichol’s work, Tracing the Paths (1988), edited by Roy Miki, was published by Talonbooks shortly before Nichol’s death in 1988. Writing by bpNichol also appears in Imago 20 (1974), edited by George Bowering.
QUOTES OF NOTEbpNichol Comics
Nichol engages in visual wordplay and defies the conventional restraints of space and structure in comic books.
– National Post
QUOTES OF NOTEMeanwhile
Almost 15 years after his untimely death, Nichol is being recognized as a major Canadian literary figure.
— National Post
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