Good times for Stephen Emmerson’s Family Portraits which is if p then q’s first venture into hardback books.
Emmerson is criminally underrated, he should be seen as a major, pioneering figure of the British avant garde and his work from publisher If P Then Q furthers that reputation. It’s a gesture in a book, an austere refusal of the indulgent lyric.
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Family Portraits is HERE
Family Portraits is a drone work, a monotone symphony. Each movement contains one note, the same note; that creamy hue of the page and that non-taste of the lactose pill are an ambience that immerses you.
More HERE in the new issue of Junction Box
Get the book HERE
For Pester, this relationship ‘opened up new opportunities for publishing poetry as live performance scores, which maintained the trace of the live utterance. Maintaining the playfulness of live performance was an important part of publishing my first book with If P Then Q.’
The shape of the poem on the page and aural shape of the poem in my voice relate to each other in a not necessarily harmonious or analogous way, but they have to set each other off, nervously.
An interview with Holly Pester, as well as a review by Sally-Shakti Willow of Holly’s Hoofs is available HERE
Holly will read from Hoofs and be in conversation with if p then q editor James Davies at Reading and Being Read along with a number of other interesting events other events Saturday 12th November in Manchester’s Central Library. More HERE or see previous blog posts.
After The Reading and Being Read event at Manchester Central Library on 12th November 11am-4pm (featuring Holly Pester and Michelle Green readings, talks by if p then q and Comma, and object making workshop with Tom Jenks). More HERE
Peter Barlow’s Cigarette, 4.30-6.30 at Waterstones, Deansgate, Manchester. This is a free event and features readings by Stuart Calton, Pansy Maurer-Alvarez, Katherine Horrex, Fokkina McDonnell
More – https://www.facebook.com/events/569451393237996/
‘For me, writing, performing, organising and publishing are all part of the same thing. They’re all underpinned by the same belief in a particular type of writing, which I’d imperfectly describe as innovative or experimental. They’re all skins of the same big onion.’
More interview HERE
Tom Jenks is interviewed by the Contemporary Small Press about his upcoming workshop at Manchester Central Library on November 12th, which also includes talks by if p then q and Comma Press, and readings by Holly Pester and Michelle Green.
CSP: The title of your press, If P Then Q, is both a mathematical and a grammatical proposition. What does it mean to you in terms of the poetry that you publish?