Wittgenstein Elegies

By (author): Jan Zwicky

Introduction by: Sue Sinclair

New and revised edition of an early work by the Governor General’s Award-winning poet.

On the occasion of the press’s 40th anniversary, Brick Books is proud to present the last of our six new editions of classic books from our back catalogue. This edition of Wittgenstein Elegies features an expansive Introduction by Sue Sinclair, a new Afterword by the author and a new cover and design by the renowned typographer Robert Bringhurst.

First published in 1986, Wittgenstein Elegies is a polyphonic poem in five parts. It establishes the parameters of a long conversation between logic and the lyre that has continued over multiple books and in multiple genres. Long out of print, this revised edition is both a must-have for Zwicky’s readers and a perfect introduction to her work.

“Here was the one guy in recent history who appeared to have got it right and he was being taught all wrong. I wroteWittgenstein Elegies in an attempt to respond to this state of affairs. I wanted to draw attention to the unity of Wittgenstein’s life and work. I hoped to show how profoundly he experienced the moral dimensions of language’s relation to the world.” –Jan Zwicky, from the Afterword

“Zwicky shows us that there is a way of speaking that leaves room for what cannot be spoken.” –Sue Sinclair, from the Introduction

AUTHOR

Jan Zwicky

Jan Zwicky is the author of some twenty books of poetry and prose, including Songs for Relinquishing the Earth, The Long Walk, and Wisdom & Metaphor. She grew up on the prairies, was educated at the Universities of Calgary and Toronto, and currently lives on the west coast of Canada. Her many honours include the Governor General’s Award and the Dorothy Livesay Prize.

Robert V. Moody is not only a celebrated photographer but an acclaimed mathematician, noted in particular for his work on the complexities of symmetry. Born in England but raised in Canada, he now divides his time between Pasadena, California, and Victoria, BC. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.


AUTHOR

Sue Sinclair

Sue Sinclair is the author of four previous collections, all of them nominated for regional and/or national awards. She also recently completed a PhD in philosophy at the University of Toronto on the subject of beauty and ethics. In 2012 she was Writer-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick, and in 2013 she served as the inaugural Critic-in-Residence for CWILA. Sue was raised in Newfoundland and is now based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she writes, edits and teaches.

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New and revised edition of an early work by the Governor General’s Award-winning poet.

On the occasion of the press’s 40th anniversary, Brick Books is proud to present the last of our six new editions of classic books from our back catalogue. This edition of Wittgenstein Elegies features an expansive Introduction by Sue Sinclair, a new Afterword by the author and a new cover and design by the renowned typographer Robert Bringhurst.

First published in 1986, Wittgenstein Elegies is a polyphonic poem in five parts. It establishes the parameters of a long conversation between logic and the lyre that has continued over multiple books and in multiple genres. Long out of print, this revised edition is both a must-have for Zwicky’s readers and a perfect introduction to her work.

“Here was the one guy in recent history who appeared to have got it right and he was being taught all wrong. I wroteWittgenstein Elegies in an attempt to respond to this state of affairs. I wanted to draw attention to the unity of Wittgenstein’s life and work. I hoped to show how profoundly he experienced the moral dimensions of language’s relation to the world.” –Jan Zwicky, from the Afterword

“Zwicky shows us that there is a way of speaking that leaves room for what cannot be spoken.” –Sue Sinclair, from the Introduction

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Dimensions:

80 Pages
8.5in * 6in * 0.402in
1lb

Published:

October 15, 2015

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

Brick Books

ISBN:

9781771313476

Book Subjects:

PHILOSOPHY / General

Language:

eng

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