Items reviewed by Ian Seed at Shadowtrain

27 Mar

The penultimate item of Items, number 999, is put in quotation marks: ‘We like lists because we don’t want to die’. No doubt this is true, but there are plenty of other reasons for liking Tom Jenks’ 1000-long list. For a start, it is full of silliness and irreverence. It beats the blues and makes you laugh (if you don’t believe me, try it for yourself).

Read more HERE about Tom Jenks’ incredible if p then q collection Items. The review also includes a review of another Jenks collection Crabtree.


if p then q book launches – advance notice

26 Mar

Launches of new and recent books by if p then q authors will take place 27th June at The Hardy Tree Gallery in Kings Cross as the closing night of the Mahu exhibition.

Times to be firmed up but readers will be:

Stephen Emmerson
P. Inman (web reading)
Peter Jaeger
seekers of lice
Nathan Walker
Chrissy Williams
& Amelie Russell’s collaborative art workshop

The event should start around 7.30 but Peter Jaeger’s reading may possibly be an extended 2 hour slot and therefore start earlier.

P. Inman’s Written 1976-2013 reviewed by Ian Dreiblatt at Bomb Magazine

19 Mar

They can definitely be funny (“Guinness Book of / kinds of emphasis. smallpox / middle period.”) Some read like transliterated shards of ancient tablets (“cork,thoi,prep / olin,rubs / perq,tracted,immathace,atpiques / errit,hist.”) Words and phrases skip around within and across poems, recurring, in various configurations, across decades of work, producing a kind of ambient, immanent lexicon of rice, snowfalls, turning into footsteps. And for all the emphasis on language as written, Inman never forgets that we hear what we read, torquing the sound out of particular words and phrases for pages.

Read More HERE or buy an issue from the stands

Video of P. Inman reading at the Western New York Book Arts Center

17 Mar

Video of P. Inman launching his collected works, Written 1976-2013, published by if p then q, at the Western New York Book Arts Center this February.

Billy Mills reviews P. Inman’s Written 1976-2013

16 Mar

What is written can be read, and the reading mind seeks to impose order on even the most cryptic markings. In the early work collected here, Inman worked at disrupting this sense-making instinct through the deployment of disjunctive syntax and a high proportion of invented words


William Garvin reviews P. Inman’s Written 1976-2013 at Shearsman Review

12 Feb

Link HERE to a short review of P. Inman’s if p then q collected works Written 1976-2013

P. Inman Book Launch at Western New York Book Arts Center

11 Feb

P. INMAN. BOOK LAUNCH and READING FRIDAY February 20th: 8 pm Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington Street (at Mohawk) P. (Peter) Inman is the author of numerous collections of poetry including Platin (1979), ocker (1982), Red Shift (1988). Criss Cross (1994), Vel (1995) and Ad Finitum (2008). Generally considered one of the founding members of Language Writing and arguably the most committed proponent of anti-representational writing. His latest work, Written: 1976-2013 (if p then q press), which gathers the majority of his earlier writings. Copies of this new work will be available at this reading.

This event is part of the Buffalo reading series – LINK


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