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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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P. Inman’s Written reviewed in Tripwire 10

10 Apr

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A really splendid and thorough review of P. Inman’s Written 1976-2013 by Ryan Gato in the new edition of Tripwire 10.

Here’s a taster –

In this way, Inman’ recent work strikingly contrasts with 21st century literary formations such as Flarf and Conceptualism, both of which attempt in their own ways to reclaim language from its instrumental, marketable, likeable usage. 

Read the whole review HERE

Go to Tripwire 10 HERE

Christmas Crackers

17 Nov

These titles are now available at discount prices until the end of the year.

Peter Jaeger – A Field Guide to Lost Things – Was £7 NOW £4.90 http://www.lulu.com/shop/peter-jaeger/a-field-guide-to-lost-things/paperback/product-22259811.html

Nathan Walker – Action Score Generator – Was £15 Now £12 http://www.lulu.com/shop/nathan-walker/action-score-generator/paperback/product-22018879.html

Lucy Harvest Clarke – Silveronda – Was £8 Now £4.80 – http://www.lulu.com/shop/lucy-harvest-clarke/silveronda/paperback/product-21883115.html

Derek Henderson – Thus & – Was £8 Now £4.80 – http://www.lulu.com/shop/derek-henderson/thus/paperback/product-21883153.html

P. Inman – Written 1976-2013 – Was £20 Now £14.00 – http://www.lulu.com/shop/p-inman/written-1976-2013/paperback/product-21811308.html

Tom Jenks – Items – Was £8 Now £4.80 – http://www.lulu.com/shop/tom-jenks/items/paperback/product-21883182.html

Holly Pester – Hoofs – Was £8 Now £4.80 – http://www.lulu.com/shop/holly-pester/hoofs/paperback/product-21883189.html

Philip Terry – Advanced Immorality – Was £8 Now £4.80 – http://www.lulu.com/shop/philip-terry/advanced-immorality/paperback/product-21883191.html

Chrissy Williams – Epigraphs – Was £4 Now £2.80 – http://www.lulu.com/shop/chrissy-williams/epigraphs/paperback/product-21883163.html

P. Inman’s Written 1976-2013 reviewed by Ian Dreiblatt at Bomb Magazine

19 Mar

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 reading at the Western New York Book Arts Center

17 Mar

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.

Billy Mills reviews P. Inman’s Written 1976-2013

16 Mar

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

William Garvin reviews P. Inman’s Written 1976-2013 at Shearsman Review

12 Feb

Link HERE to a short review of P. Inman’s if p then q collected works Written 1976-2013