Table of Forms

A messy writing table is important.

"A wonderfully specific and witful inventory of “forms”
in all senses and sizes. This is the pro model, believe me.
— Robert Creeley, 2005

Review by Doug Nufer in
American Book Review (2008)

Review by Joseph Dewey in
Review of Contemporary Fiction (2007)

Table Of Forms marvellously fulfils every hope I (could have) had for it. As I read it: in its course the paradigmatic (as in essence meontologically the non-identical transcendental condition -- or irreal limit -- of any/all pragmatic matrice(s)) is forced to appear as meontologically the irreal repressor,(only) virtual death of various actually:) meontologically identical -- since /algorithmic or as-phonetic* -- counter-paradigms; that is: forced to appear as being unable to '''function''' juridically save in an alienated way,ontologically as the hermeneutic closure,terminal arrest,de-semiotisation of some -- N.B.: exemplary -- /instances of the syntagmatic. As I read it then Table/ brings general linguistics -- finally -- to /term by way of an unavoidable integration-dissolution of the concept of the (meontological) paradigmatic into that of its /alterior: (Heideggerean) onticity,'''signifiers''' &c. as simply ontic—heterogeneous. One putative transcendental condition collapses into a transcendental obstacle and in so doing (re-)opens the -- material -- questions of the principle and ontological consistency of the field of '''language/s'''.----This is an excellent place forward from which refreshed/schooled to be (re)going:).

—Iain Matheson

*          a/o/t/ /phonological,structural


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Bridging the sonnet and palindrome through a rich taxonomy of new literary forms, Table of Forms is a collection of experimental, ludic, constraint-driven poetry; a puzzle book; and a writing manual. Dominique Fitzpatrick-O'Dinn and her skilled team of collaborators have created the most comprehensive survey of noncanonical poetic techniques since the Oulipo Compendium. Offering myriad reading paths, this multisequential anthology includes a Table of Contents, Table of Forms, Glossary of Forms, and a matrix on the back cover. As every form implies myriad undiscovered forms. More than a catalog of writing techniques, Table of Forms is a system of creating new poetic structures that points the way to an endless variety of new literary experiments. Table of Forms is a laboratory that makes readers writers.