Experimental poetry in Manchester

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SJ Fowler – a new website

Steven Fowler new and expanded website, with details of his many projects is online now.

Claire Potter: a preview

Claire Potter will perform at the next Other Room on Thursday 29th November, The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, M2 4PD. 7 PM start, free entry, book stall. The other performers are Karen Mac Cormack and Steve McCaffery.

The clip shows Claire performing at X Marks the Bökship in Bethnal Green, London. For more about Claire, visit her site.

Peter Manson – Mallarme in English out from blart books

English in Mallarmé 
Peter Manson
96 Pages
With an introduction by Ellen Dillon

Manson reveals English words hiding within the original French text of Mallarmé’s poems.

‘These pages are strewn with shreds of words: unevenly dispersed, semantically uncomfortable in each other’s company, they stumble together to make momentary meaning before drifting apart on the white space of the page.’


MIRIAM ALLOTT VISITING WRITERS – Sam Riviere & Robert Sheppard

Sam Riviere and Robert Sheppard are both reading as part of the MIRIAM ALLOTT VISITING WRITERS series.

 The reading is for The Centre for New and International Writing in the School of English, which is at University of Liverpool, 19 Abercrombie Square – in the School of the Arts Library on the first floor.

 Wednesday November 26th  5pm

 This is a FREE public event followed by wine reception.

 Please sign up beforehand at

Vanessa Place in Sheffield

25/11/2014: VANESSA PLACE

Chair: Sharon Kivland

N.B. this will begin at 4 o’clock, ending at 5 o’clock
The Boston Review called Vanessa Place ‘the spokesperson for the new cynical avant-garde’, the Huffington Post characterised her work as ‘ethically odious’, and Dazed called her ‘the super cynical dark overlord of the poetry world’, while philosopher and critic Avital Ronell said she is ‘a leading voice in contemporary thought’. Vanessa Place was the first poet to perform as part of the Whitney Biennial; a content advisory was posted. Place also works as a critic and criminal defense attorney, and is CEO of VanessaPlace Inc, the world’s first poetry corporation.

Site Gallery studio, Tuesday 25 November, 2.00 p.m, to 3.30 p.m.

Vanessa Place will give a workshop on conceptual poetics, open to fifteen students, in which various practices will be discussed and what makes something ‘conceptual’ versus simply having a concept. To book a place on the workshop, please email:



seekers of lice – Encyclops.

New out from if p then q is Encyclops. by seekers of lice

40 pp

About the book
A version of Encyclops. was handwritten on 142 paper bags with photographs and drawings. This work was exhibited at news of the world gallery, Deptford, London, November-December 2013. In this print version published by if p then q writing (encyclopedic bugs) is presented alphabetically. There is a sense of the style of Gertrude Stein of Tender Buttons & eroticism, perhaps a theme yet also a method used to intuit. Images and ideas are immediately in view then drift out again, just as fast, leaving the reader to return to the poem without knowing whether the experience is being repeated. It’s good good stuff.

About the author
seekers of lice is an artist and writer. Recent works include THEATRE OF OBJECTS 2012 (VerySmallKitchen) and Limber 2013 (The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press).


P. Inman Written 1976-2013


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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