Book Twenty

Noh Business

Murray Edmond

ISBN: 1-891190-20-2
Publication: 2005
Pages: 175

Working within a lively intersection, where the theatrical encounters the critical and the critical crosses with the historical, Murray Edmond has composed a set of performative studies of Noh plays. His examples are recent ones, including some embedded in movies, some secreted in contemporary American experimental theater and performance art, some intentionally recast in European dramatic work, and some on stages in New Zealand. The resulting volume, Noh Business, is a cross-cultural as well as cross-genre masterpiece.

Noh plays are an ancient dramatic form, always strange, as imagistic as a traveler's journal, and sometimes intimate. Murray Edmond has given Noh to us now in and as a book.

Murray Edmond is a New Zealand poet who has published nine books of poetry (the latest A Piece of Work from Tinfish in Hawai'i in 2002) and edited three anthologies, most notably, with Alan Brunton and Michele Leggott, Big Smoke: New Zealand Poems 1960 - 1975, an anthology as cultural history. For 14 years he worked in experimental theater as a writer, actor, and director, mostly in New Zealand, but also in London. He now teaches drama and theater and poetry at the University of Auckland and continues to work professionally in theater as a dramaturge. A new book of poems, Fool Moon, is forthcoming from Auckland University Press.

Atelos Catalogue

Raw MaterialsAstrid Lorgange

Totality CantosBrian Ang

WorkBrandon Brown

Weak LinkRob Halpern

YavizaRoberto Harrison

The Rebublic of Exit 43Jennifer Scappettone

Merry HellSara Larsen

Notched SunsetsTim Wood

Journey to the SunBrent Cunningham

PreDictionaryMikhail Epstein

HowellTyrone Williams

One Last DitchErik J. M. Schneider

To After That (Toaf)Renee Gladman

The RoutePatrick Durgin & Jen Hofer

ParseCraig Dworkin

To The CognoscentiTom Mandel

The TransformationJuliana Spahr

NegativityJocelyn Saidenberg

Ultra VioletaLaura Moriarty

City EclogueEd Roberson

Open ClothesSteve Benson

Noh BusinessMurray Edmond

The Up and UpTed Greenwald

BlipSoak01Tan Link

Poetical DictionaryLohren Green

Tis of TheeFanny Howe

PlatformRodrigo Toscano

The CraveKit Robinson

Some Vague WifeKathy Lou Schultz

lighthouseM. Mara-Ann

Gardener of StarsCarla Harryman

ForthcomingJalal Toufic

Alien TattersClark Coolidge

VersimilitudeHung Q. Tu

R-huLeslie Scalapinio

Cable Factory 20Lytle Shaw

Pamela: A NovelPamela Lu

TrueRae Armantrout

Bad HistoryBarrett Watten