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.
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:
P. Inman (web reading)
seekers of lice
& 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.
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 launching his collected works, Written 1976-2013, published by if p then q, at the Western New York Book Arts Center this February.
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
READ MORE HERE