Latest issue of the superb online magazine featuring poetry and reviews:
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.
Sunday 8th April / 7pm / Free
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SOPHIE JUNG – Sophie Jung (b. 1982 Luxembourg) is a performance artist based in London and Basel. She was educated at Amterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Goldsmiths College.Her writing has been published at Fiktion.cc, HOTEL and The White Review (forthcoming). In 2016, she won the Swiss Art Award.
Selected solo exhibitions include: ‘It’s Not What It Looks Like’ at Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna (2017); ‘Producing my Credentials’ at Kunstraum, London (2017); ‘Death Warmed Up’ at Liste Performance Project, Basel (2017).
Frieze says: “[Sophie Jung] has perfected a tone that constantly veers between jokey and serious, aloof and ever-present, creating an unsteady experience of listening and viewing that somehow feels incredibly intimate. Whether she speaks about politics or animal life, whether she talks about the probable or the fantastic, you want to believe what Jung says.”
LILA MATSUMOTO was born in Japan, grew up in the US and currently teaches poetry at the University of Nottingham. Lila co-runs Front Horse, a magazine and performance night of poetry, music, and art, and convenes the Nottingham Poetry Exchange. Urn and Drum, her first poetry collection, is published by Shearsman Books in 2018.
Rachael Allen says: “The world within Urn & Drum is a cornucopia of shapes, colours, and objects, fashioned almost as a gleeful, surreal picture-book; a playful naivety that leads to serious questions of what it means to exist and feel in the world. Through linguistic dexterity and play, [these poems] exclaim heartbreak and test the limits of language in a single line.”
BRYONY BATES is a writer and performer based in Manchester. Her work has been published in Adjacent Pineapple, Ladybeard Magazine and Spoke: A New Queer Anthology from Dog Horn Press. Her debut solo pamphlet, States, was published by Enjoy Your Homes Press in 2017. As a performer, her theatrical credits with Contact Young Company include There Is A Light: Brightlight, 15 Minutes, and She Bangs the Drums.
Zarf Magazine says: “It feels like […] bleakly hard work.”
Bryony Bates says: “Angry sex poetry and flippant bullshit.”
EDWIN STEVENS is from Llanfairfechan, North Wales but now he lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He writes songs and stories. www.liveslowdeath.com
Jessica Higgins says: “I’ve seen this man tattoo his own chest and spill his spirit wildly across a room and no that’s not a euphemism.”
Vicky Sparrow will perform alongside Camilla Nelson, Amy De’Ath & Pascal O’Loughlin on 18th April, 7pm at the Other Room. Free entry as ever. It’s our tenth birthday! Here’s part of one of Vicky’s poems and also one of the four posters for the night below that, which shows our readers over the years:
from Big C little c
Test the cold waters of Common Sense
you old pro
your fingertips touch the image
lilac blue stones beneath the skin
and the reeling fishes
who would dance in the shallows were it not for
the looming bulk above
compassionate reflection of your losses
losses for all in this blue
seeping cold in your core
a staircase for the fish
your sea coloured flag
In the 1960s a group of writers set about shaking up the polite conventions of the British realist tradition through a whole range of experimental approaches.
In Search of the Lost Poets
of Abney Park
Wednesday 21st March 7.30pm
To celebrate World Poetry Day, Poet and writer Chris McCabe turns the focus of his ongoing project about the Magnificent Seven cemeteries to the natural non-conformist landscape for poets: Abney Park Cemetery. Author of In the Catacombs: A Summer Among the Dead Poets of West Norwood Cemetery and Cenotaph South: Mapping the Lost Poets of Nunhead CemeteryMcCabe will present accounts of the dead and read a mix of poems from the poets he’s discovered along his journey so far, including those buried in Abney Park. You’ll hear about the poet-couple George Linnaeus Banks and Isabella Varley Banks and Emily Bowes, whose final words were “I shall walk with him in white”. The event will end with a Q and A and a chance to buy McCabe’s cemetery books.
To be held inside Abney Park’s chapel.
Please arrive at the main gates on Stoke newington High St between 7 & 7.20pm
18yrs and over.
Tickets: Full £12 / Conc £10
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