if p then q is very pleased to announce a new publication of reviews, essays and interviews by poet derek beaulieu. The edition is available at a snip of £5 or as a free pdf edition.
The Unbearable Contact with Poets, derek beaulieu’s second selection of essays and reviews, is essential reading. A keen and shrewd essayist, he marks himself out as one of the key commentators on contemporary concrete and conceptual poetry. The selection includes a substantial review of concrete poetry by women, an exploration into concrete and conceptual poetic representations of the holocaust, alongside interviews with Tony Trehy, Natalie Simpson and Gregory Betts, as well as lots more. The edition is available as a free pdf and as a perfect bound copy.
About the author
derek beaulieu is author of eight books of poetry (including a volume of his selected poetry entitled Please, No More Poetry), four volumes of conceptual fiction (most recently the short fiction collection Local Colour: ghosts, variations), 2 collections of critical writing and over 175 chapbooks, derek beaulieu’s work is consistently praised as some of the most radical and challenging in contemporary Canadian writing.
LINK to book’s page
if p then q readers Lucy Harvest Clarke and Tom Jenks read alongside Juliet Troy at The Blue Bus
The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading of poetry by Lucy Harvest Clarke, Tom Jenks and Juliet Troy on Tuesday 20th October from 7.30at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the 105th event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).
Lucy Harvest Clarke was born in East Sussex in 1982. After studying Anthropology at Goldsmiths she travelled sporadically and lived by the sea. She now lives and works in London. Her poetry has featured on Great Works, Onedit, in Parameter magazine and in The Other Room Anthology Volume 1. She has published a pamphlet EX3 with The Knives Forks and Spoons Press. Lucy’s if p then q publication is Silveronda and more recently Baba by Blart books.
Tom Jenks’ latest books are Spruce, a 90 poem sequence published by Blart Books and The Tome of Commencement, a spreadsheet translation of the Book of Genesis published by Stranger Press. He co-organises The Other Room reading series and website in Manchester and administers the avant objects imprint zimZalla.
Juliet Troy is an anglo/guyanese poet living in Hertfordshire and is one of the organisers of the Blue Bus. Her work includes Rhythm of Furrows across a field, 2013 – Kater Murr. Motherboard, 2015 – Knives Forks and Spoons Press -which she hopes to be launching on the night. A poem from this collection Desert Spray is at present on display in the Blackpool illuminations along with work by 10 other KFS poets.
This one day event features Stephen Emmerson’s recent if p then q publications Poetry Wholes and Family Portraits.
Are the old ways of writing poetry finished? Will the poems of the future be written by machines? Is it possible to take up Ezra Pound’s challenge and ‘make it new’?
What will future poetry movements look like? And will poetry continue to play a role in social change as we head further into a world led by data?
Come along to our open day to tackle these questions. Work on display includes creations by those who have returned to traditional printing methods in response to digital, poets who are addressing what the future city might look like (and those who are returning to nature) and poets who are challenging capitalism and looking for a different system of political order for the future.
Explore the alternate worlds of science-fiction poetry and decide if poetry really can be written without any words. You can also discover The Poetry Library’s staff picks from the past year.
Poets, writers and artists on display from the library’s extensive collections include Katherine Angel, Blaise Cendrars, John Christie, Kenneth Goldsmith, James Hoff, Ron King, Robert Macfarlane and Claudia Rankine.
Midday to 7pm
St Paul’s Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall
At 8pm, join us for a free live event in The Poetry Library to hear poets Vahni Capildeo, Hannah Silva and James Wilkes read new work in response to The End of the Poem.
Thanks to everyone who visited the if p then q stall yesterday at The Free Verse Fair. Get in touch if you ever want to find out more. Much thanks to Tom Jenks for running the stall for the whole day.
Free Verse: The Poetry Book Fair will be held on Saturday 26th September, 2015.
Free Verse is an all-day bazaar, market, library, meeting place, performance venue, information resource and more. Celebrating the vitality of contemporary poetry in the UK, publishers both large and small, both experimental and traditional, display and sell their work direct to the public.
if p then q is very pleased to once again have a stall at the fair which has over 85 publishers in attendance. Aside from our back catalogue you’ll be able to look at the great books if p then q has published this last year: Nathan Walker’s Action Score Generator, seekers of lice’s Encyclops, Stephen Emmerson’s Family Portraits and Peter Jaeger’s Not the Booker Prize nominated A Field Guide to Lost Things.
It’s free entry and there are tonnes of readings and other good things going on.