Coming soon. For anyone that missed the first edition there’s info HERE.
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.
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Family Portraits is HERE
Are the old ways of writing poetry finished? Will the poems of the future be written by machines? Is it possible to take up Ezra Pound’s challenge and ‘make it new’?
What will future poetry movements look like? And will poetry continue to play a role in social change as we head further into a world led by data?
Come along to our open day to tackle these questions. Work on display includes creations by those who have returned to traditional printing methods in response to digital, poets who are addressing what the future city might look like (and those who are returning to nature) and poets who are challenging capitalism and looking for a different system of political order for the future.
Explore the alternate worlds of science-fiction poetry and decide if poetry really can be written without any words. You can also discover The Poetry Library’s staff picks from the past year.
Poets, writers and artists on display from the library’s extensive collections include Katherine Angel, Blaise Cendrars, John Christie, Kenneth Goldsmith, James Hoff, Ron King, Robert Macfarlane and Claudia Rankine.
Midday to 7pm
St Paul’s Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall
At 8pm, join us for a free live event in The Poetry Library to hear poets Vahni Capildeo, Hannah Silva and James Wilkes read new work in response to The End of the Poem.
About the book
Stephen Emmerson’s Family Portraits is a series of blank canvases which ask the reader to fill in the blank(s) or leave the canvas just the way they see it. The book includes 9 portraits of each of the following types: Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, Son, Daughter, Lover, Self-Portrait. The book also contains 8 lactose pills which can be taken to help see the portraits. Family Portraits is published as a lush hardback edition.
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 (If P then Q), All my Pornography (The Red Ceilings), and Comfortable Knives (KFS).