Peter Jaeger’s stunning new book, Midamble, is out priced at the snip of £12.
LINK to purchase and sample pages
About the book
Midamble is a long poem that concerns Peter Jaeger’s interest in walking practice; in particular his travels on a variety of pilgrimage routes. A prose poem, it comprises two bands of text: the top level is a list of walking experiences whilst the bottom re-appropriates materials from comparative religion texts. Midamble is a poem that is clearer than crystal, and possesses a musical quality that is comparable to seminal and contemporary minimalist music.
The poem also has a life in durational performance. When read live Midamble demonstrates its consistency as well as its diversity. In such performances listeners are invited into a collective experience in which they can engage with ideas for as little as a moment or as long as several hours. Indeed, perhaps its most enduring feature is its quality of having no fixed entry or exit point.
About the author
Peter Jaeger is a Canadian poet, literary critic and text-based artist now living in the UK. His recent publications include John Cage and Buddhist Ecopoetics (Bloomsbury 2013) and 5404 (University of London Veer Press 2014). He has also published A Field Guide to Lost Things with if p then q. Jaeger is Professor of Poetics at Roehampton University in London.
Another big night in the not too distant future from James Davies’ publishing house if p then q. Wang it in your diary.
Early notice of this event which is organised by The Other Room’s James Davies, current Poet in Residence at the university. The day will feature a number of amazing poets. Get the date in your head now! Guildford is just 30 minutes from London Waterloo. More on where and how to buy tickets soon but should be around £5.
Archiving Your Self Yourself: Quantified Self Studio
At a time in which we are archived by others, often through digital means, it seems more and more important to attempt to define ourselves – on our own terms – as individuals and as members of a diverse range of groups. Written attentively, poetry that archives the self is subversive and can present radically different narratives to those purported by digital and mass media. By using methods such as diaries and collation of information one can conduct a close examination of the self as it stands, now and then, to see how it fits into the bigger picture.
Read more about this short online course HERE
Wowzers! Bangor 4-6th April. More HERE
This conference is the third and final event of the AHRC Network Poetry in Expanded Translation.
The conference organisers are Dr Zoë Skouding, Bangor University firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr Jeff Hilson, Roehampton University, email@example.com
Confirmed speakers include:
- Jennifer K. Dick (Université de Haute Alsace),
- Chris McCabe (National Poetry Library),
- Vahni Capildeo (Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow, Leeds University),
- Vincent Broqua (Université Paris 8),
- Lily Robert-Foley (Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier),
- Carole Birkan-Berz (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3),
- Alys Conran (Bangor University),
- Nia Davies (Poetry Wales),
- Philip Terry (University of Essex),
- Simon Smith (University of Kent),
- Nisha Ramayya
- Rhys Trimble.
Caroline Bergvall, artist, writer and performer
Lawrence Venuti, translation theorist, Professor at Temple University
Andrew Lewis, composer, Professor at Bangor University
Poster by Joy as Tiresome Vandalism
Our next event takes place on December 6th at The Castle Hotel, 7pm and is free as ever – hope to see you there. It features Sharon Kivland, Redell Olsen and David Steans. Here’s a little preview of Redell Olsen:
say I and you London land marks
say I and you in London mark land
say London land is marked by you and I
say I and you make marks in London’s land
say I and you mark lands in London
say I and you marked by land
say London land marks
say long done land marks
say long done marks in land
say land in long marks in language
from Film Poems. See more HERE
Our next event takes place on December 6th at The Castle Hotel, 7pm and is free as ever – hope to see you there. It features Sharon Kivland, Redell Olsen and David Steans. Here’s a little preview of Sharon Kivland:
Find out more about Sharon HERE
Other Room reader Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is interviewed in The Guardian. Terrfic to see!
Swims is a work of poetry that follows its author into open waters around the UK, where she finds both simple pleasure and more complicated political hope
Read more HERE
From Comma Press…
The National Creative Writing Graduate Fair takes place on the 3rd November in Manchester, a day dedicated to emerging creative writers, from poets, to short story writers, to novelists.
The Fair is all about giving writers practical and up-to-date advice on how to live, work, and succeed as a writer. Over the course of the day, you will attend panel sessions, talks and workshops about topics like digital innovations in publishing, choosing the correct form for your idea, and book publicity. Moreover, writers are given the opportunity to meet with two agents, and have a pitching session where they can present their work for on-the-spot feedback.
You don’t have to be a university graduate to attend the fair, nor do you have to have had anything published. All you need to do is prepare two verbal pitches, in 2 of 10 genres. We cater to writers working in everything from commercial fiction to short stories, from poetry to historical fiction.
The programme includes ‘Next Generation’ poet and novelist Luke Kennard (keynote speaker), Betty Trask Award winning Irenosen Okojie, Jhalak Prize winning Jacob Ross, Bookseller Start Up of the Week Bookollective and leading writer’s magazine Mslexia.
Head to the Grad Fair website for the full programme and more information about the day. Tickets are £40, or £35 when booked in a group of five. If you are in receipt of means-tested benefits, or a single parent, you can apply for a reduced fee place for £20.
Bookings close on Wednesday 25th October, so don’t miss out on securing your place.
Work Processing – A Forum for the Sharing of Live Practice
Work Processing is a day-long event open to postgraduate/early-career artist-practitioners and independent artists working in the arts and humanities. The focus of Work Processing is practice itself. It offers a space in which to explore practice in process, stepping aside from the perceived obligation to qualify practice in terms of traditional academic discourse, and shifting focus away from product-based conceptions of artistic endeavour. The event will showcase the work of artist-practitioners over the course of a day, encouraging practice to speak to practice, unmediated by verbal explication. It will conclude with a communal dinner in the performance space where food, ideas and responses can be shared, and we can explore the kinds of conversations a forum like this can generate without the formalities of an academic Q&A.
We are currently seeking proposals for 20 minute contributions in any live format, from any discipline. Incomplete and/or speculative works-in-progress are of particular interest, although any work that engages with the theme of “Work Processing” will be considered. The event will take place on the 1st of December 2017 at Chisenhale Dance Space, London. Chisenhale has a large performance space with lighting and sound rig, basic projection facilities, and the raw aesthetic appropriate to sharing all types of live work in development.
Participants are invited to submit a short description of their intended work, their institutional affiliation (if applicable) and projected technical requirements, as well as weblinks to any supporting materials (videos/recordings/text etc.) to:firstname.lastname@example.org by the 13th of October 2017.
This event is being organised by five interdisciplinary practice-based PhD candidates, supported by the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership.
if p then q is very pleased to announce the publication of Prospectus by Simon Taylor.
Part Cindy Sherman part HR, Prospectus is a beautiful square format book which consists of a selection of colour photographs and descriptive texts for that all important ‘about me’ page.
Simon Taylor is one half of Joy as Tiresome Vandalism whose works are the books aRb and Absolute Elsewhere and the card game What’s the Best? He has also designed book covers for if p then q and posters for The Other Room poetry series. A sketchbook of his work and images from Prospectus can be found at Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/discomoobs/
You can buy at the if p then q website – LINK
Tim Allen’s latest book is out now from if p then q.
‘Under The Cliff Like’ is constructed from the ‘Title And First Line Index’ in the 1962 edition of ‘Granger’s Index To Poetry’ (Columbia University Press. U.S.A.) which was found in a junk shop. It was written in 1996. In alphabetical order all entries beginning with ‘Like’ are juxtaposed with the equivalent number of entries beginning with ‘Under’. There are no alterations other than elimination of commas and the capital letter of the juxtaposed line plus the insertion of full stops at the end of each pairing.
£8.00 (£5.60 with discount until end September via the link below)
26 August – 18 November
This summer Bury Art Museum Director Tony Trehy will be curating an exhibition called Foreigners. In a time when borders are closing and foreigners are being treated as unwelcome, the exhibition will survey foreign contemporary artists to show culture is by definition open to ideas from abroad.
The show is not about immigration or refugees or a show about foreignness. It doesn’t romanticise the Foreign as Other. The Foreigners exhibition will be a cultural action that defies fear with hope and keeps open the conversation with foreigners.
Artists include Judas Arrieta, Marianne Eigenheer, Laurence Weiner, Tabita Rezaire, Derek Beaulieu, Rachel Defay-Liautard, Pavel Buchler, Jayne Dyer , Helmut Lemke, Dinu Li, Satomi Matoba, Riiko Sakkinen, Marton Koppany, Brigitte Jurack and Ulrich Rückriem.
The poetry of Thomas A. Clark has been consistently attentive to form and to the experience of walking in the landscape, returning again and again to the lonely terrain of the Highlands and Islands.
Thomas A. Clark will read with Matthew Welton at our next event on June 14th at The Castle Hotel, Manchester. More details HERE
Here are two examples of his work:
from coire fhionn lochan
lapping of the little waves
breaking of the little waves
spreading of the little waves
idling of the little waves
Read more HERE
Subject to Gesture by Mark Leahy (Featuring Benjamin D. Duvall) & Changing Piece – An Epic Saga Against the Odds by James Davies are out now from Dock Road Press priced at £3 each.
Gramophone Raygun number 6
A night of experimental poetry and sonic art with performances from Mark Leahy/Benjamin D. Duvall, Patricia Farrell and James Davies.
Thursday, April 27 at 8 PM – 11 PM
Everyman Bistro, Liverpool
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