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

2003 / Poetry / $21.95
9781894031660 / Trade paper / 96 pp

Edition is out of print


In March 2002, the Regina-based dance company New Dance Horizons performed Robert Bringhurst's Ursa Major: A Polyphonic Masque for Speakers & Dancers, a work that had been commissioned as part of an evening of modern performance and dance entitled Invisible Ceremonies. In Ursa Major, Bringhurst explores a polyphonic technique that allows multiple speakers -- and multiple languages and traditions -- to collaborate in the story's telling. The subject of the masque is Ursa Major, the great bear constellation, one of the most universal themes in world mythology. In setting the Cree tradition alongside the mythologies of ancient Greece and Rome, Bringhurst demonstrates the richness of metaphor that North Americans have inherited. This publication is an attempt to express the masque's performance in typographic form.

Review:


This performance work -- part original translations, part original poetry -- merges Greek, Latin, Cree and English, literally, cascading and colliding together, voices and languages in a deft orchestration of polyphony. George Elliott Clarke, Halifax Chronicle Herald

Has a Newer Edition: 9781554470600

Other Books by this Author

Selected Poems
Robert Bringhurst

2009 / Poetry / $27.95 CAN / $27.95 US
9781554470686 / Trade paper
Ursa Major
Robert Bringhurst

2009 / Poetry / $21.95 CAN / $21.95 US
9781554470600 / 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

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