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Robert Sheppard: History or Sleep – Selected Poems

Robert Sheppard’s selection draws on every book of his poetry since Returns (1985) through to Words Out of Time (2015), and is designed to sample both the recurring and developing themes of his work and their restlessly changing forms. Out now on Shearsman.

if p then q Christmas sale

Poetry publishers if p then q currently has some books available at discount until the end of the year including the mighty Written 1976-2013 by P. Inman and the Not The Booker longlisted A Field Guide to Lost Things by Peter Jaeger.



derek beaulieu: The Unbearable Contact with Poets


if p then q is very pleased to announce a new publication of reviews, essays and interviews by poet derek beaulieu. The edition is available at a snip of £5 or as a free pdf edition.

The Unbearable Contact with Poets, derek beaulieu’s second selection of essays and reviews, is essential reading. A keen and shrewd essayist, he marks himself out as one of the key commentators on contemporary concrete and conceptual poetry. The selection includes a substantial review of concrete poetry by women, an exploration into concrete and conceptual poetic representations of the holocaust, alongside interviews with Tony Trehy, Natalie Simpson and Gregory Betts, as well as lots more. The edition is available as a free pdf and as a perfect bound copy.

derek beaulieu is author of eight books of poetry (including a volume of his selected poetry entitled Please, No More Poetry), four volumes of conceptual fiction (most recently the short fiction collection Local Colour: ghosts, variations), 2 collections of critical writing and over 175 chapbooks, derek beaulieu’s work is consistently praised as some of the most radical and challenging in contemporary Canadian writing.

LINK to book’s page

Elizabeth Jane Burnett: A Preview

On December 9th 2015 The Other Room is very pleased to be hosting the launch of Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative poetry by Women in North America & the UK. Hope to see you there. Flier in the middle column for more details.

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is a poet, critic and curator. Poetry includes: Her Body: The City, Exotic Birds and oh-zones and has been anthologised in Dear World And Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe). Criticism has appeared in journals such as the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, Jacket, How2, Green Humanities. She has curated exhibitions with the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) and is currently collaborating on a film on the poet John Clare. A collection on wild swimming and a monograph on the gift are forthcoming. She is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Newman University in Birmingham.

Datableed issue 2

Anthony John, Bruno Neiva, Calum Gardner, Carleen Tibbetts, Dorothy Lehane, Ed Luker, Emilia Weber, Emilie Dufresne, Florence Uniacke, Haley Jenkins, Lawrence Uziell, Linda Kemp, Lisa Jayne, Luke Blake, Map 71 (Lisa Jayne & Andy Pyne), Mike Saunders, Naomi Weber, Nathan Walker, Rachel Warriner, Sarah Crewe, Sarah Rupp, Shana Bulhan Haydock, Sophie Mayer, Vicky Sparrow and  Wanda O’Connor, here.

Place Waste Dissent: cut-up poetry/art exhibition

12 November – 10 December. The Arts House, 108A Stokes Croft, Bristol,  BS1 3RU.

An exhibition of cut-up poetry and art from the new collection, Place Waste Dissent, by Paul Hawkins, out Nov 12th, pre-order here

Having spent three years in the early 1990s occupying properties and protesting in Claremont Road, east London, poet Paul Hawkins maps the run-off, rackets and resistance along the route of the proposed M11 Link Road.

Using the voices of Dolly Watson, Old Mick and many others in avant-garde experimental text and lo-fi collage, he explores place, waste and dissent; the stake the Thatcher/Major Tory government was driving into the heart of the UK.

From Claremont Road to Cameron via surveillance culture and Occupy: transient-beta memory traces re-surfacing along the A12. This collection is an important reflection on a historic site of resistance, offering us illumination, ideas and inspiration for the future.

The collage is taken from photographs by Julia Guest, Maureen Measure, Steve Ryan, Sarer Scotthorne, Susan Worth and personal photographs by Paul. On each page of the book the text and images have been cut and pasted by hand by Paul, and, in a long sequence of text/image called Flea, by poet Sarer Scotthorne.

‘This is not so much a book as an archive, a dataset or a dossier of evidence. At times reminiscent of Tom Phillips’ A Humument with its jump cut juxtapositions, liminal layers and luminous word wiring, Place Waste Dissent is nonetheless an utterly distinctive poetic document, weaving text and image to create a wakeful dream state of white noise, static and flux.’ Tom Jenks

twitter: @PlayWDissent

Fidelities, Ian Seed

Ian Seed says of Fidelities, ‘The poems here range from the lyrical to the more experimental, but I think that they all probe and explore a series of encounters and journeys.  I see them as being faithful, “in their fashion”, to the truths they discover along the way’. This collection enacts an excursive articulation of the world and language, the shifts and creative repetitions found in both, between words and inside words, between moments and within moments: each poem finding its distinct poetic imperative to reveal these moves in the landscape in complex and subtle ways. The rhythms of these poetic journeys involve but also exceed the sonic; here is the shaping of the space and time of attention, a focus and intimacy that situates and then opens up, and into, our embodied encounters with the phenomenal world; here is presence, and reflection on presence and on being present. This is language as an eye that sees and a hand that touches and shapes, but also as ‘skin listening’. ‘We do not see from our bodies as from inside /a box. We pertain to the whole, we take our place /in the landscape, in the touching of the sleek and rough.’”
Patricia Farrell

Out now on The Red Ceilings.


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