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Everywhere Being is Dancing

Twenty Pieces of Thinking

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February 1, 2009 | Paperback | 5.2 x 8.5, 352 Pages | ISBN 9781582434384
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“[Bringhurst] talent for seeing between the lines makes you want to read these essays twice.” —Barry Lopez, author of Of Wolves and Men

In this companion volume to The Tree of Meaning, Robert Bringhurst collects twenty essays under the subversive principle that “everything is related to everything else.” His studies build upon this sense of basic connection, and involve the work of poets, musicians, and philosophers as varied as Ezra Pound, John Thompson, Don McKay, Empedokles, Parmenides, Aristotle, Skaay, Plato, George Clutesi, Elizabeth Nyman, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Dennis Lee, and Glenn Gould.

The value Bringhurst places on the process of translation, the dialogue between one language and another, and the sheer experience of witnessing translation by reading and hearing poems, stories, and songs in their original languages is another strong presence in this collection. Accompanying the English narrative are passages in Tlingit, Haida, Chinese, Greek, German, Cree, and Russian, for readers who want to find the patterns and taste some of the vocabulary for themselves, for those interested in meeting the languages part way.

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 world’s most influential texts on typographic design. Among his most recent publications is an essay collection, The Tree of Meaning.


“Robert Bringhurst comes to us like night lightening: the dark is suddenly lit by language beautifully crafted and by riveting thought. He writes for the eye, the ear, and the mind all at once, and he doesn’t waste a sentence. His insights into story are engaging, the range of his imagination impressive, his tone friendly. Like Gary Snyder, he is a polymath whose particular convergence of knowledge is unique and whose ability to convey knowledge about subjects as diverse as classical music and Native American thought is singular. His talent for seeing between the lines makes you want to read these essays twice.” —Barry Lopez, author of Of Wolves and Men

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