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if p then q massive catch up – ten years (almost)

10 Nov

In April 2018 if p then q will have been publishing for ten years. In addition to a special birthday celebration reading (watch this space) it seems apt to highlight some key publications, in case you’ve missed out. Just click on the links that follow to add the title to your library

Between 2008-9 if p then q magazine ran for four issues. The first two were loose-bound and housed in envelopes with gifts – pens, postcards and CDs. Issue three came out as a set of posters, specially commissioned by The Text Festival, and included posters by P. Inman, Craig Dworkin and Anne Charnock. The final issue was a pastiche of a coffee table magazine featuring Caroline Bergvall on the front cover. Issue three is still in print and available HERE.

The first if p then q perfect bound collection, 2008, was Tom Jenks’ A Priori which includes his much-lauded poem 99 Names for Small Dogs. Many other perfect bound collections have met critical acclaim. Holly Pester’s Hoofs and Chrissy Williams’ Epigraphs have both been featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, Peter Jaeger’s A Field Guide to Lost Things was long-listed for The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize and many other titles have received multiple and positive reviews. Here they are: Lucy Harvest-Clarke’s exhilarating Silveronda, Tim Atkins’ minimal sonnet sequence 1000 Sonnets, David Berridge’s search for the ‘thing’ in Bring the Thing, Derek Henderson’s poignant, systematic erasure of Ted Berrigan’s The Sonnet titled Thus &, Stephen Emmerson’s almost blank page Family Portraits, Geof Huth’s collected one word poems ntst, Tom Jenks’ follow ups to A Priori – the almost sonnet sequence * and the barmy Items, seekers of lice’s text version of Encyclops., Philip Terry’s Advanced Immorality – including his rewrites of Queneau – & Nathan Walker’s tome of web generated one-liners Action Score Generator.

In 2014 if p then q reached new heights by publishing the collected works of the great P. Inman, Written 1976-2013. This work not only collects his work in an inexpensive format but allows his work to been seen as something which both changes and, paradoxically, remains consistently constant, as Craig Dworkin points out in his lengthy and fascinating introduction.

In amongst all these titles there was still time to publish obscurities, some sold out – Michael Basinski’s Dog Music postcard, Nick-e Melville’s leaflet Junk Mail, as well as the still in print set of trump cards What’s the Best? by Joy as Tiresome Vandalism and Stephen Emmerson’s automatic poetry templates – Poetry Wholes.

2015 saw the first publication of a critical work – derek beaulieu’s captivating essays on concrete and conceptual poetry The Unbearable Contact with Poets, which also offered readers the chance to buy as a print bound copy or obtain as a pdf.

This year if p then q has pushed forwards with a new house front cover design and two new titles – Tim Allen’s re-imagining of The Columbia Granger Index to Poetry called Under the Cliff Like and Simon Taylor’s conceptual photo project of imaginary university lecturers Prospectus.

Look out for new titles in the near future from Peter Jaeger, Tom Jenks, Emma Cocker and others.

If you’ve missed any of these titles you should really check ‘em out.

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if p then q displays at The Poetry Library’s Conceptual Poetics exhibition

25 May

Photos of exhibits at The Poetry Library’s current exhibition Conceptual Poetics. The photos below are works by if p then q authors. Also Matchbox, the predecessor project to if p then q has items on display. Sadly the Matchbox website went bonkers and is no longer running. Happily the Poetry Library has a digital archive of the project – HERE!

LINK to the Conceptual Poetics exhibition.

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Joy as Tiresome Vandalism (James Davies and Simon Taylor) What’s the Best? 

 

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Tom Jenks, Items

 

 

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Peter Jaeger, A Field Guide to Lost Things

 

 

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Selections from Matchbox (from top left – Matthew Welton, Lisa Jarnot, Togara Muzanehamo, Craig Dworkin, Chris McCabe, Bill Griffiths)

if p then q poetry trumps tournament

21 Aug

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if p then q invites you to play What’s The Best? poetry trumps at The Free Verse Poetry Fair.

The game is played using the cards made by Joy as Tiresome Vandalism.

There will be four sessions taking place at the bookstall on the hour at 1, 2, 3 and 4 o’clock.

Up to four people can play in any given session. The winner will claim the set as a prize.

The game is won when a player has won all the cards from their opponents or is the person with the most cards after ten minutes.

Get in touch to book a slot or turn up on the day to play.

mail@ifpthenq.co.uk

Joy As Tiresome Vandalism’s What’s the Best?

21 Aug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s finally here; the ultimate in poetry card gaming. 34 exquisite, professionally made, poetry collection trading cards selected by if p then q illustrated by Simon Taylor of Joy as Tiresome Vandalism.

Play with the entire family. Enjoy with friends. Play at work or on the train.

Includes all your favourite poets: Stein, Pound, Coleridge & Wordsworth, Schwitters, Plath, Lear, Shakespeare, Thurston, Dickinson, Clarke, Williams, Crapsey, Jenks, Ch’ing Chao, Ginsberg, Blake, Berryman, Cummings, Po, Seuss, Atkins, Christensen, Issa, O’Hara, Stevens, Terry, Berrigan, Queneau, Ono, Bataille, Jeffers, Buddhist monks, Niedecker, Cendrars

What are you waiting for?

BUY NOW at £10 including free postage and packing UK
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if p then q reviewed in The London Student

6 Dec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

if p then q is reviewed in Monday 5th December’s London Student by Samantha Marenghi.

Click HERE to read as a readable pdf

Writing / Exhibition / Publication

3 Sep

Exhibition starts today at The Pigeon Wing Gallery London, curated by Very Small Kitchen/David Berridge. Featuring if p then q books, Matchbox, Joy as Tiresome Vandalism’s Nojagtig Pamplemousse and James Davies’ Acronyms series amongst a host of other things.

The Pigeon Wing

WRITING/EXHIBITION/PUBLICATION

3rd of Sept – 3rd of October

Preview: 3rd of September 6:30 – 9:30pm

Curated by VerySmallKitchen

Top Floor (front),
Guild House Rollins Street,
London,United Kingdom.
SE15 1EP

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS:

Hammam Aldouri
Phil Baber
Bagazine
Julia Calver
Maurice Carlin
Anne Charnock
Rachel Lois Clapham
Emma Cocker
Simon Cutts
Matt Dalby
James Davies
Sonia Dermience
Karen Di Franco
Marianne Holm Hansen
Sarah Jacobs
Joy as Tiresome Vandalism
The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press
Helen Kaplinsky
Márton Koppány
Freek Lomme/ Onomatopee
Matthew MacKisack
Marit Muenzberg/ LemonMelon
Tamarin Norwood
Pippa Koszerek
Mary Paterson
Press Free Press
Red Fox Press
Colin Sackett
Seekers of Lice
Mary Yacoob

LINK

Joy as Tiresome Vandalism’s Absolute Elsewhere published by The Knives Forks and Spoons Press

12 Jul

Second collection by Joy as Tiresome Vandalism out now.

LINK to the Knives Forks and Spoons Press