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Stephen Emmerson’s A Piece published today

24 Feb

Stephen Emmerson’s A Piece is out today. A whopping 480 pages priced at £12.00.

A sampler containing 200 pages of the book is available in one of the links below.

Essential reading as ever from if p then q and Emmerson.

A PIECE FRONT COVER

About the book
A Piece is a sequence of poems created using a dictionary and Robert Creeley’s famous poem, A Piece.

The poems were composed using a variation on the Oulipo’s method N+7. In N+7 the writer removes nouns from an existing piece of literature, finds those words in a dictionary, reads 7 nouns (or entries) down the dictionary’s column and uses that new word as a replacement in the original text.

Using The Collins Paperback English Dictionary, published 1990, I selected both instances of the words ‘one’ in Creeley’s poem and replaced them with the next entry in the dictionary; an N+1. I then found the entry for two’, and moved two words forward in the dictionary; an N+2. Finally, I chose the entry for ‘three’, and moved three words forward; an N+3. For each of the poems in my versions of A Piece I repeated the process of N+1, N+2, N+3, using the new set of words as the starting point. The sequence ends after all the entries for the letter O — all the N+1s — were used up.

About the author
Stephen Emmerson’s publications include: ‘A never ending poem… (Zimzalla), Telegraphic Transcriptions (Dept Press / Stranger Press), No Ideas but in Things (Dark Windows Press), Albion (Like This Press), The Last Ward (Very Small Kitchen), Pharmacopoetics,(Apple Pie Editions) Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes & Family Portraits (if p then q), All my Pornography (The Red Ceilings), and Comfortable Knives (KFS).

A Piece sampler

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Mark Leahy reviews Peter Jaeger’s Midamble at Stride

22 Feb

Midamble is a walking book, not a book of guided walks, and not a book that discusses techniques or training for walking, but a walking book nonetheless. 

After Billy Mills’ review (see below) another thorough review, with many more angles covered.

Read more here – http://stridemagazine.blogspot.com/2019/02/a-walking-book.html

Billy Mills reviews Peter Jaeger’s Midamble

16 Feb

Peter Jaeger’s Midamble is a big book in every sense, although constructed from small units, a mosaic of phrases and sentences, each one functioning like the famous first step in the journey of  thousand Li

Read more here –  https://ellipticalmovements.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/midamble-by-peter-jaeger-a-review/

Tom Jenks review Erkembode’s A Year at Work at Litter Magazine

12 Jan

These fragments, banal yet rendered elliptical through recontextualisation, accumulate, gathering momentum, assuming their own negative gravity through weight of numbers.

Read more HERE

Buy HERE

Catherine Vidler reviews Tom Jenks’ A Long and Hard Night Troubled by Visions at Galatea

10 Jan

I was reminded of childhood experiences of peering into a view-finder or a kaleidoscope in which sharp-edged geometry has dissolved into mellifluous interactivities of shape and hue.

Read more HERE

Buy HERE

Manchester Indie Book Fair hosted by Dostoevsky Wanabee

3 Jan

This great event takes place in just under a month, 12pm until 6pm on Saturday 2nd February 2019, no booking required at The Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester.

Alongside Dostoyevsky Wannabe, other Manchester and Greater Manchester presses in attendance include:

If P then Q, Comma Press, Generic Greeting, Nightjar, Carcanet, Dodo Ink, Zimzalla, Knives, Forks and Spoons, Incline and Saraband. Blue Moose books (Hebden Bridge) and Synchronise Witches (Huddersfield), along with And Other Stories, Longbarrow Press, The Poetry Business and Gordian Projects (all Sheffield) join us from Yorkshire and last but not least Dead Ink (Liverpool/north-west) will also be there.

More HERE

 

Tom Jenks’ A Long and Hard Night Troubled by Visions translated into Swedish

28 Aug

Tack skal du ha to Joakim Norling for translating some poems from Tom Jenks’ latest book A Long and Hard Night Troubled by Visions

from 1984

Efter sex dagar i skogen, nådde jag slutligen 1984. Stammen som levde där välkomnade mig. Jag satt på en mossig stock, åt en rostad smörgås och drack amerikansk vaniljläsk ur en ihålig sten.

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