Eugen Gomringer
1925 Bolivia. Lives & works in Germany.

The Book of Hours and Constellations
Something Else Press, New York. 1968
trans. and ed. by Jerome Rothenberg

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Emmett Williams acknowledged Gomringer with being the founder of concrete poetry.
First published in 1953 The Book of Hours and Constellations was one of the reasons Max Bill offered Gomringer the position as his secretary at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm in 1954. ‘Constellations’ contains the quintessential example of concrete poetry, “silencio” (schweigen / silence). Gomringer was overjoyed that one word could say so much.

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schweigen schweigen schweigen

21 x 14.5 cm. 1477 copies cloth, 1570 copies paper.