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if p then q reviews round up

if p then q books operate in an interesting corner of the poetry publishing spectrum, embracing a range of experimental and ‘sound-based’ writers of differing persuasions and distinctions.

Steve Spence reviews books by David Berridge, Geof Huth, Derek Henderson, Tim Atkins, Holly Pester and P. Inman

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4 new books from Burning Deck

Sarah Riggs
Poetry, 160 pages, offset, smyth-sewn
ISBN 978-1-936194-10-0  original paperback $14
Publication date: September 15, 2012

Begun in the turmoil of moving house, these poems were jotted on envelopes because that was the form of paper on hand. But there was more to this choice. Oscillating between the US, France and Morocco, living on 3 continents and in 3 languages, Sarah Riggs felt the need to address her own self in order not to disperse into alternatives. But how do we address ourselves? the book asks. How many selves do we have? How do we sort what we think from what has been thought for us? Is it that our language cannot follow the mind’s rich, fluctuating process or does language outrun what the mind can seize? So that we are caught between two excesses, two ineffables?

Sarah Riggs is the author of WATERWORK (Chax), CHAIN OF MINISCULE DECISIONS IN THE FORM OF A FEELING (Reality Street), 60 TEXTOS (Ugly Duckling), and 36 BLACKBERRIES (Juge Editions). Her book of essays, WORD SIGHTINGS: POETRY AND VISUAL MEDIA IN STEVENS, BISHOP, AND O’HARA, was published by Routledge in 2002. She has translated or co-translated from the French the poets Isabelle Garron, Marie Borel, Etel Adnan, Ryoko Sekiguchi, and, most recently, Oscarine Bosquet. A member of the bilingual poetry collective, Double Change (, and founder of the interart non-profit Tamaas (, she divides her time between the U.S. coasts and Paris, where she is a professor at NYU-in-France.

P. Inman
Poetry, 88 pages, offset, smyth-sewn
ISBN13  978-1-936194-09-4  original paperback $14
Publication date: October 15, 2012

P. Inman radically fractures the conventions of language in order to build everything up again from a more elemental level. In per se, the composers Luigi Nono, Morton Feldman, Hans Lachenmann provide musical structure for his jazz-inflected words in motion. The book lives in the tension between the free, multidirectional movement of words and the highly orgazined macro-structures.

Peter Inman was born in 1947 and raised on Long Island. He  has worked at the Library of Congress and as a labor rep and consultant. His books have included: OCKER (Tuumba Press, 1982), RED SHIFT and CRISS CROSS (Roof Books, 1988 & 1994), VEL (O Books, 1995), AMOUNTS. TO. (Potes & Poets Press, 2000), and AD FINITUM (If P Then Q, 2008).  Forthcoming in 2013 from If P Then Q, IS WRITTEN, 1976-2012.  He resides in Maryland with the poet Tina Darragh.

Inman “destablizes the polarities of form & content… By fully semanticizing the so-called nonsemantic features of langue, Inman creates a dialectic of the recuperable & the unreclaimable, where what cannot be claimed is nonetheless most manifest.”

Elfriede Czurda
Poetry,  96 pp, offset, smyth-sewn
ISBN13  978-1-936194-12-4
Original paperback $14
Publication date: November 15, 2012

This volume contains almost all of Elfriede Czurda’s first book (with the untranslatable title EIN GRIFF = EINGRIFF INBEGRIFFEN) and all of her second, FAST 1 LEBEN.
Elfriede Czurda comes out of the Wiener Gruppe’s experimental tradition. She is especially fond of letting repetition and permutation shift words through their whole gamut of meanings—and sometimes beyond. However, she is also not averse to thumbing her nose at any rigidities, even those of the experimental imperative. In ALMOST 1 LIFE (novella? politico-cultural satire?), the ruling avantgarde has licenced “monomania” as official language and punishes misuse by expelling the offender — into reality. Which is where Czurda positions herself. She combines exploring language with exploring the social power structures embedded in it — all with lots of fun and humor.

“Czurda makes strongly visible the fragmentary, arbitrary, non-linear… whole chains of associations flood the reader, or language itself breaks apart. [Her] powerful language is always political.”—Michael Fisch, DIE BERLINER LITERATURKRITIK

Elfriede Czurda was born in 1946 in Wels, Austria. After 25 years in Berlin and some as visiting professor in Japan. she now lives again in Vienna. Her work, which includes poetry, prose, essays and radio plays, has received numerous prizes, most recently the Austrian Würdigungspreis for Literature, 2008. Recent books are DUNKELZIFFER (2011), UNTRÜGLICHER ORTSSINN (2009), AND ICH, WEISS (2008).
Essays on her work can be found in DIE RAMPE: PORTRÄT ELFRIEDE CZURDA (2006)
Rosmarie Waldrop has translated, from the German, Friederike Mayröcker, Elke Erb, Oskar Pastior, Gerhard Rühm, Ulf Stolterfoht and, from the French, Edmond Jabès, Emmanuel Hocquard and Jacques Roubaud. Her most recent book of poetry is DRIVEN TO ABSTRACTION (New Directions, 2010). .

Sébastien Smirou
translated from the French by Andrew Zawacki
Poetry, 120 pages, offset, smyth-sewn
ISBN 978-1-936194-08-7  original paperback $14
Publication date: May 15, 2012

MY LORENZO is an elegant, funny, often sad meditation on the fifteenth-century Italian statesman, art patron, and poet Lorenzo de Medici. Obliquely and eccentrically narrated, it is as concerned with pysical arrangement as it is with linguistic ambiguity and matters philosophical, political, and sentimental. MY LORENZO is striking visually for its justified  stanzas and tableau-like shape. Reading the book is akin to touring the Uffizi, its Renaissance paintings hung meticulously on  the walls.
MY LORENZO combines traditional form with an unapologetically modern idiom that draws on pop culture and shuttles vertiginously between theoryspeak and speakeasy slang.
(This work, published as part of a program providing publication assistance, received financial support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and FACE [French American Cultural Exchange]).

Sébastien Smirou is the author of three volumes of poetry. He is a psychoanalyst, with a specialization in working with troubled children, and lives in Montrouge, on the outskirts of Paris.
Andrew Zawacki is the author of three poetry books—PETALS OF ZERO PETALS OF ONE (Talisman House), ANABRANCH (Wesleyan), and BY REASON OF BREAKINGS (Georgia). Coeditor of VERSE, editor of AFTERWARDS: SLOVENIAN WRITING 1945-1995 (White Pine), he has also co-translated Aleš Debeljak’s WITHOUT ANESTHESIA (forthcoming from Persea). He teaches at the University of Georgia.

Copies are available now from: Small Press Distribution  and

Galatea Resurrects

The vital reviews journal continues to give us such goodies.

Of immediate note are reviews of P. Inman, Derek Henderson, Jeff Hilson and Place & Fitterman’s Notes on Conceptualism.


The Other Room Anthology 2009/10

A wonderful thing which is now going to press after finding the bugs in the proof.

Keep your eyes peeled.

Features readers from April 2009-Feb 2010: Tim Atktins, Phil Davenport, Lisa Samuels, Allen Fisher, Alex Davies, Matt Dalby, P. Inman, Tina Darragh, Sean Bonney, Frances Kruk, Craig Dworkin, Michael Haslam, James Davies, Tony Trehy, Nick Thurston, Sophie Robinson, Steve Waling, Rob Holloway, Holly Pester.

More details soon when it’s printed.

Guardian Reveals ‘Top Ten Poetry of the Noughties’

In its festive merriment, and review of the culture of the decad,e The Guardian takes a closer look at what’s been important over the last ten years in the world of poetry.

1. Miles Champion Three Bell Zero
2. Christian Bok Eunoia
3. Tim Atkins Horace
4. Peter Manson Adjunct: A Digest
5. Tom Raworth Collected Poems
6. P. Inman Ad Finitum
7. Ron Silliman The Alphabet
8. Tom Jenks A Priori
9. Caroline Bergvall Fig
10. Jeff Hilson (ed.) The Reality Street Books of Sonnets

LINK to feature

P. Inman – The Other Room

P. Inman talks to James Davies at Bury Art Gallery, 30th June 2009.


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Matchbox Digital Archive at The Poetry Library

For me the whole thing was about how to get good poetry read by people who don’t usually read good poetry, create excitement, be cheap to produce and sell; and yet not be some folded A4 paper. There were about 150 or so of each issue – all sold out now. The limited number of copies made was due completely down to the fact that I was getting sores on my fingers from cutting and folding not due to exclusivity so it’s wonderful that Dean Farrow, Chris McCabe et al have archived the editions for anyone who’s not read the poems or seen what the boxes looked like. So far the first 6 are up with the final six to come.


Tina Darragh and P. Inman videos

Readings of Tina Darragh and P. Inman on 1st July. These were consecutive sets but are broken into ‘parts': Tina’s is 4 parts and Pete’s is 3. Enjoy again or for the first time.



Ad Finitum reviewed by Matt Dalby

Be prepared for the possibility that I will get many things horribly, hilariously wrong. The motivation for this post and the others that will follow, although I’m not currently sure how many that will be, is that I’m simultaneously enjoying and finding it hard to come to an understanding of P.Inman’s work. Therefore I’ve decided to document my thoughts on reading Ad Finitum – which at present I have done in full twice, and will do several times more in the course of these posts.

A thorough review of Ad Finitum by Matt Dalby in three parts…so far!

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

The Other Room 9 – review

Thanks to Matt Dalby for this review of the Tina Darragh and P.Inman reading on 1st July.


Other Room 9 photos


Photos from the fantastic July reading by Tina Darragh and p.inman are now online. Click here to visit the photos page.

Tonight – TOR 9

Other Room July Flyer

P. Inman at Bury Text Festival

P. Inman will do a set on 30th June. This is a lunchtime reading – contact Bury for exact time. The set will be different from the The Other Room on July 1st. Get to both if you can for a chance to see one of the true greats of contemporary poetry.

Darragh and Inman – still time for questions

Our interviews with Tina Darragh and P.Inman will take place next week and we are still open to any questions you would like us to ask them. Questions submitted so far cover topics as diverse as politics, the nature of l=a=n=g=u=a=g=e and how to survive as  experimenters and innovators in the 21st century. If you would like to add anything to the pot or just give the pot a big stir, get in touch with us at

P. Inman – some links

Here are some tasters for the forthcoming Other Room 9 reading:

Author page at PENN sound
Read Ocker at Craig Dworkin’s Eclipse
A Different Table Altogether – Conversation with Roger farr and Aaron Vidaver

P. Inman and Tina Darragh interviews


On July 1st P. Inman and Tina Darragh will perform The Other Room. To commemorate this fantastic reading we will be making a two films – one for Tina and one for Pete  -where they’ll be interviewed. We would like to pose questions set by you. If your question is featured you will be credited at the end of the film. The resulting movies will be hosted here on the site. Please email us:

if p then q issue 3

if p then q
 issue three is a special poster set commissioned by The Text Festival
 It comprises five colour posters in a postal tube by:

Anne Charnock
raig Dworkin
Geof Huth
P. Inman
Tom Jenks

Anne Charnock’s Uncertainty Series No. 10 is pictured here.


Price is £5 + postage.


Available to buy HERE or at Bury Art Gallery.


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