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Hix Eros 5

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NUMBER 5: Reviews of Connie Scozzaro, Dodie Bellamy, Richard Barrett, J.H. Prynne, Laura Elrick, the anthology ‘I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women,’ the journal ‘No Prizes,’ Amy Todman, J.L. Williams and Nat Raha. Edited by Lindsay/Luna; designed, typeset and produced by Robbie Dawson. September 2014.

Peter Barlow’s Cigarette

P. Inman Written 1976-2013

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Inman’s Written 1976-2013 is published today by Manchester publisher if p then q. The book is available for £20 and good postage rates are available both in the UK, USA and other locations.

The volume offers an incredible introduction and reappraisal of the work of one of the twentieth and twenty first century’s most outstanding poets. It includes the collections: Platin, Ocker, Uneven Development, Think of One, Red Shift, Criss Cross, Vel, at. least., amounts. to., Ad Finitum and Per Se in ‘final’ versions, as well as a number of other previously uncollected poems.

The volume also includes a sumptuous, lengthy essay by Craig Dworkin covering Inman’s career to date.

Without a doubt it is essential reading.

This is what Michael Golston has to say about the collection:

The collected P. Inman! It’s about time—and a lot of other words—many of which have never been seen or heard before. Inman’s half-century project of the complete dérèglement de tous la langue marks one of the endpoints of the great arc of American poetry, where the bow bends all the way to touch the ground. You’ll find a pot of linguistic gold there: Written is writing written at the limits of written writing. Accompanied by Craig Dworkin’s fantastic introductory essay, this book is sure to become a classic in the ongoing history of the avant-garde.

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New McCabe/Jenks collaboration

In advance of the flasher

The sixth collaboration between Chris McCabe and Tom Jenks is inspired by Marcel Duchamp and can be found here. As with the previous five, this collaboration is for SJ Fowler’s Camarade project. Selections from it will be presented at the Camarade event at the Rich Mix in Bethnal Green, London on 25th October.

Manchester No Spy Zone anthology

April 12th 2014 at Terrace Bar, Northern Quarter, Manchester Peter Barlow’s Cigarette held a reading to protest against state spying and the creeping erosion of freedom of speech. The pieces performed that night dealt with those topics and more. Manchester Poets Declare A No Spy Zone is the anthology that collects together the work first heard that night. New and original work from 14 poets features in the book: Tim Allen; Richard Barrett; Sue Birchenough; Sarah Crewe; Matt Dalby; Philip Davenport; Joey Frances; Tom Jenks; David Keyworth; Rachel Sills; Chris Stephenson; Scott Thurston; Gareth Twose and Steven Waling. The anthology also features a CD recording from Matt Dalby of his performance on the night – Mass Observation Live. Copies of the book are available from PBC Press.

Holly Pester: Telephone

Wooden K2 Telephone Kiosk, Burlington House entranceway, Piccadilly W1J 0BD

19th September 2014 – 3rd May 2015.

The first red telephone kiosk designed in 1924 by renowned architect Giles Gilbert Scott is the site for four new sound works commissioned by Measure, a non-for-profit arts organisation. The historic structure installed under the entranceway to Burlington House, Piccadilly was the only wooden prototype made of this iconic design.

Marking the 90th anniversary, Measure will present a programme of sonic compositions by UK-based artists to be listened to through the telephone handset. Presented consecutively artists Holly Pester, Aura Satz, Dan Scott and Lawrence Abu Hamdan will each probe the cultural role of the public telephone, its technological design and its relevance as a site for solitary conversation within a bustling central London setting.

nick-e melville: ALERT STATE IS HEIGHTENED

Collage has a long history in avant garde practice, from Picasso, Braque and Schwitters in the visual arts to Cage, Mac Low and Pound in literature. Marjorie Perloff, whilst noting its experimental origins, is dismissive of its current value: “What was once a revolutionary technique is now the staple of advertising and greeting cards.” Part of the reason for this it is now, in the digital age, so much easier to do. Cut and paste has replaced scissors and glue and the internet gives us all the library of Babel in our pocket. It is true, as Perloff notes, that some examples of collage are unambitious and uninteresting. It is also, true, however, that a lot depends on who is doing the collaging. nick-e melville’s work is very far from being a Hallmark message or a commercial break. Rather it is a sustained detournement of the tricks and tropes of advanced capitalism. It is a work of deconstruction in that it picks apart the smoothed texts of reification and commerce that are forever around us, but it is also a work of construction, taking these threads and fragments and weaving them together into a giant magpie’s nest. ALERT STATE IS HEIGHTENED is as dense as a cubed car in a scrapyard and as heavy as the Death Star. This is a text made of texts, artificial in its conception and execution, yet as authentic an expression of individuality as you are likely to find.

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