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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

 

BUY NOW with postage UK – £13

BUY NOW with postage worldwide – £17

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Stephen Emmerson & Philip Terry readings

30 Aug

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
3pm at Conway Hall
Free Entry

The Poetry Library Open Day 2015 |The End of the Poem | 08th Nov

2 Oct

This one day event features Stephen Emmerson’s recent if p then q publications Poetry Wholes and Family Portraits.

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.

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