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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

Michelle Naka Pierce: a preview

Michelle Naka Pierce will read for The Other Room on Wednesday 7th October at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, M2 4PD. 7 PM start. Free entry. The other readers will be Robert Hampson, Alistair Noon and Chris Pusateri.

Alistair Noon: a preview

Alistair Noon will perform at the next Other Room on Wednesday 7th October 2015, 7 pm, The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, M2 4PD. This film is of Alistair reading a collaborative piece with Giles Goodland at SJ Fowler’s Camaradefest in 2013. The other readers will be Robert Hampson, Michelle Naka Pierce and Chris Pusateri.



Chris Pusateri: a preview

Chris Pusateri will read at the next Other Room on Wednesday 7th October at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, M2 4PD. 7 PM start, free entry. The other readers will be Robert Hampson, Alistair Noon and Michelle Naka Pierce. Read more about Chris here.

Robert Hampson: a preview

Robert Hampson will read at the next Other Room on Wednesday 7th October. For a flavour of his work, try this clip of him reading at the 2013 Camaradefest. Full bio, for Robert below. The other readers are Michelle Naka Pierce, Alistair Noon and Chris Pusateri.

Robert Hampson has been involved in poetry and poetry publishing since the 1970s, when he co-edited Alembic with Peter Barry and Ken Edwards. His selected poems, Assembled Fugitives, was published by Stride in 2001. More recent publications include an explanation of colours (Veer, 2010), reworked disasters (KFS, 2013), which was longlisted for the Forward Prize, and sonnets 4 sophie (pushtika, 2015). His best-known work is Seaport (1995), which was re-issued by Shearsman in 2008. He is Professor of Modern Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he teaches on the Poetic Practice pathway of the MA in Creative Writing.

The Other Room Tonight

Aug 15 revised

Rachel Sills: A Preview

The next Other Room takes place on August 19th at 7pm at The Castle Hotel. See the middle column for more details.
Below is a sample from Rachel Sills’ collaboration with Richard Barrett Endless/Nameless:

Oblivion. Nothing: side-by-side on a bookshelf
Above a bookshelf. Where I keep last year’s diary
Volumes I – III and VI – VIII
They are not a legal proof, dreams
They melt into dark praline shadows
It’s your birthday tomorrow so “best wishes”
Or alternatively “bon voyage”
None of this matters of course (still I worry)
Note: avoid ledges, edges, suspension bridges
One room is not the house taken over
After this the conversation flags, imagining
(Easier to) the end of the world than the end of capitalism
And prefers his seascapes to be stormy
Meaning re time and motion: a different concept entirely


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