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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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Poetry Wholes blog piece at Nice Cuts

7 Jun

The very lovely people at Nice Cuts have published a blog post in which Stephen Emmerson and James Davies reflect on Poetry Wholes. Here’s a snippet –

I often perform using the Poetry Wholes. I ask members of the audience for a book. I need five in total. I ask for prose books (not poetry), and I get novels, textbooks, newspapers, instruction manuals and other interesting textual artefacts. I then place each of the Poetry Wholes over a page in each of the books and improvise a poetic reading. By that, I mean I use rhythm. I love doing it. I’ve done it scores of times since they were first published in 2014. I never know what I’m going to get.

The Poetry Wholes act as windows into a poetry that surrounds us. It’s everywhere, but we can’t always see it. Often a poem is about what’s not visible, what’s not tangible, and I hope that the Wholes create tiny portals into those murky spaces where art exists in the boundaries of the everyday.

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Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes, Second Edition out now

8 May

They’re back but this time made of wood rather than plastic!

After the calls for a second edition of Poetry Wholes we’ve finally succumb. For information about the first edition click HERE

Poet Stephen Emmerson has worked with if p then q to create the incredible Poetry Wholes, Second Edition. An explanation of what they are is below. And below that are some images of the box and its contexts along with two overjoyed users who, two years later, are still on work experience at if p then q. The Poetry Wholes are made of high quality mdf and come housed in a box with a set of instructions. Unlimited edition. Copies will also be available to use at The Poetry Library London and Special collections at The University of Buffalo.

What are they? Each Poetry Wholes contains 5 templates which you can use to make instantaneous poetry in a range of styles. Choose from the following:

  • Minimalism
  • The Sonnet
  • ‘Vito Acconci’
  • The Ballad
  • The ‘Slash’

How do I use them? Simply take a regular ‘A5’ size book such as a novel or a book of poems and place your template over the top. Now you have a poem!

How do I record my poem? Try writing them down the old fashioned way with a pen, photograph them or even cut the poem out using a craft knife – remember if you don’t own the book you should get permission from the owner before doing this!

Why not try? Literary texts and other ‘A5’ size books are not the only things to try! Why not try old packaging found around the house, your favourite websites or magazine and billboard adverts. The possibilities are endless!

See more below and follow the link to purchase.

set of wholes

The Wholes out of the box

wholesbox

The Wholes in the box

hugo 78 storey

Using ‘Vito Acconci’ on The 78 Storey Tree House by Andy Griffiths

pollock

“her sons do w” (The slash on Mark Venezia’s Jackson Pollock)

minimalism gates kaj

Tom Gates by Liz Pichon gets minimised

fish gates top

“fish is”

plants as whole

A sonnet made from James Davies’ Plants

 

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Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes – second edition

19 Apr

Coming soon. For anyone that missed the first edition there’s info HERE.

Stephen Emmerson’s Family Portraits on Steven Fowler’s 3 am top reads list

14 Dec

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.

MORE at 3am

Family Portraits is HERE

Steven Hitchins reviews Stephen Emmerson’s Family Portraits at Junction Box

13 Dec

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

Stephen Emmerson and Philip Terry reading time amendment

12 Sep

Stephen Emmerson & Philip Terry will read from their if p then q collections – Family Portraits, Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes & Advanced Immorality at this year’s Free Verse Fair:

September 17th
3.30pm at Conway Hall (not 3pm as advertised previously)
Free Entry