Robert Bringhurst

Robert Bringhurst is a poet, typographer and linguist, well known for his award-winning translations of the Haida storytellers Skaay and Ghandl, and for his translations of the early Greek philosopher-poet Parmenides. His manual The Elements of Typographic Style has itself been translated into ten languages and is now one of the worlds most influential texts on typographic design. Among his most recent publications is a pair of essay collections, The Tree of Meaning (GP, 2006) and Everywhere Being is Dancing (GP, 2007). Bringhurst lives on Quadra Island, off the British Columbia coast.


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Ursa Major
Robert Bringhurst

2009 / Poetry / $21.95
9781554470600 / Trade paper / 96 pp


A new-edition reprint of Robert Bringhursts polyphonic masque. Shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2004, the National Post calls Ursa Major a typically majestic and dedicated piece of work.

Described by the author as a poem that marries Cree, Roman and Greek traditions in a form that is a cross between a five-act play and a string quartet, Ursa Major sounds out variations on the story of the great bear constellation in four languages, using parallel voices to enhance the fascinating discovery of a central myth in multiple cultures.

Ursa Major was first performed by the Regina dance company New Dance Horizons in 2002. This volume attempts to express that performance on the page, with a reading version and a multi-coloured Voice Map representing the poems polyphonic characteristics typographically. The cover and title page feature a wood engraving by Wesley Bates.

Replaces Previous Edition: 9781894031660

Other Books by this Author

Selected Poems
Robert Bringhurst

2009 / Poetry / $27.95 CAN / $27.95 US
9781554470686 / Trade paper
The Tree of Meaning: Thirteen Talks
Robert Bringhurst

2008 / Essays / $31.95 CAN / $31.95 US
9781554470242 / Trade paper
Everywhere Being is Dancing: Twenty Pieces of Thinking
Robert Bringhurst

2007 / Essays / $49.95 CAN / $49.95 US
9781554470471 / Hardcover
The Tree of Meaning: Thirteen Talks
Robert Bringhurst

2007 / Essays / $49.95 CAN / $49.95 US
9781554470259 / Hardcover
Everywhere Being is Dancing: Twenty Pieces of Thinking
Robert Bringhurst

2007 / Essays / $31.95 CAN / $31.95 US
9781554470440 / Trade paper
The Typographic Mind
Robert Bringhurst

2006 / Essay / $1.00 CAN / $1.00 US
9781554470327 / Pamphlet
The Solid Form of Language
Robert Bringhurst

2004 / Essays / $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US
9781894031882 / Trade paper
Ursa Major
Robert Bringhurst

2003 / Poetry / $21.95 CAN / $21.95 US
9781894031660 / Trade paper

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