Blackbox Manifold #15

Editors Adam Piette & Alex Houen at Blackbox Manifold are pleased to announce the launch of its fifteenth issue, with work by Chris Andrews, Tara Bergin, Rob Burton, James Coghill, Christopher Cokinos, Adam Day, Darren Demaree, Mark Greenwood, David Hadbawnik, Alan Halsey, Amaan Hyder, Peter Larkin, Agnes Lehoczky, Sophie Mayer, Drew Milne, Helen Moore, Geraldine Monk, Christopher Mulrooney, Burgess Needle, Eleanor Perry, Cal Revely-Calder, Mike Saunders & Todd Swift. The issue also features a section on the poetic sequence, with essays by Charles Bernstein (“Reznikoff’s Nearness”), Rachel Blau DuPlessis (“Some Interpretive Puzzles within Seriality”), Alan Halsey (“Some Possibly Connected Remarks on Sequences”) & Robin Purves (“The Value of Inconsistency: John Wilkinson and ‘Facing Port Talbot’”). Adam Piette reviews the work of Monica Berlin & Beth Marzoni and Attila Dósa reviews Edwin Morgan’s letters, edited by James McGonigal & John Coyle. More here.

Blackbox Manifold #11

Online now, featuring work by Louis Armand, Dan Beachy-Quick, Andrew Cox, Jen Degregorio, Mark Dow, Valerie Duff, Giles Goodland, Anne Gorrick, Ben Hickman, Linda Kemp, Burgess Needle, John Regan, Denise Riley, Robert Sheppard, Gary Sloboda, Simon Smith, Jeffrey Thomson, Philip Wilson, with an essay by John Wilkinson on D.S. Marriott, and Adam Piette reviewing Alan Halsey; CUSP, ed. Geraldine Monk; Helen Mort; John Birtwhistle; David Kennedy & Christine Kennedy’s Women’s Experimental Poetry.

Blackbox Manifold

Issue 10 out now, featuring:

  • Billy  Cancel
  •  Rick  Crilly
  • Josh  Ekroy
  • Michael  Farrell
  • Joanna  Grigg
  • Bernard  Henrie
  • Joan  Harvey
  • David  Herd
  • Beau  Hopkins
  • John  Kinsella
  • & Drew  Milne
  • Peter  Larkin
  • Robert  Mueller
  • Sandeep  Parmar
  • Peter  Riley
  • Jennifer  Scappettone
  • Kerrin  P.  Sharpe
  • Nathan  Thompson
  • Corey  Wakeling
  • Duncan  White
  • Rachel  Zolf

Peter Riley and David Herd

Tapestry Room, Firth Court (Western Bank), University of Sheffield. 6pm Friday 17th May.

Peter Riley (born 1940) is a contemporary English poetessayist, and editor. Part-time M.A. thesis on Jack Spicer at the University of Keele, supervised by Roy Fisher. In 1978 he moved to the far, eastern, side of the Peak, getting a stone cottage in a small village called Bolehill which clung to the valley side overlooking the town of Wirksworth. Riley was an editor and major contributor to The English Intelligencer. He is the author of ten books of poetry, and many small-press booklets. He is also the current poetry editor of the Fortnightly Review and a recipient of the Cholmondeley Award in 2012 for “achievement and distinction in poetry”. Publishes also with Sheffield’s Longbarrow Press. His collections include Passing Measures, Selected poems 1966–1996 (Carcanet, 2000), Messenger Street (Poetical Histories, 2001) The Dance at Mociu (Shearsman, 2003), Alstonefield: a poem (Carcanet, 2003), The Day’s Final Balance: uncollected writings 1965–2006 (Shearsman, 2007), The Llyn Writings (Shearsman, 2007), Greek Passages (Shearsman, 2009), The Derbyshire Poems (Shearsman, 2010), andThe Glacial Stairway (Carcanet, 2011)

David Herd works in the area of modern literature, with emphasis on poetry and its relation to questions in politics and philosophy. His books include All Just (Carcanet, 2012), Enthusiast! Essays on Modern American Literature and John Ashbery and American Poetry. He is currently writing a book on modern poetry and the state of exception, editing a collection of essays on Charles Olson (Contemporary  Olson) and his chapbook, Outwith, will come out soon with Bookthug. His essays and reviews have been widely published in journals, magazines and newspapers. Recent writings on poetry and politics have appeared in PN Review, Parallax and Almost Island. Alongside Simon Smith he has collaborated with both Jack Hues and The-Quartet on the project ‘Rote-Through’, and with Sam Bailey, Evan Parker and Matt Wright on the project ‘Feedback’. He is a co-founder of the Sounds New Poetry festival and currently directs the Centre for Modern Poetry in the School of English.

Blackbox Manifold Issue 9

Online now and featuring work from:

  • Sheila Black
  • Rocio Ceron, translated by Anna Rosen Guercio
  • Ray DiPalma
  • Carrie Etter
  • Glenn Frantz
  • Max Ghiara
  • Anne Gorrick
  • Paul Green
  • W.N. Herbert
  • Kate Kilalea
  • John Latta
  • Tony Lopez
  • Erín Moure
  • Jal Nicholl
  • Philip Byron Oakes
  • John Peck
  • Ian Seed
  • Aidan Semmens
  • Samantha Walton
  • Joshua Marie Wilkinson
  • John Wilkinson

and poems written for Peter Robinson by:

  • Kate Behrens
  • Adrian Blamires
  • Peter Carpenter
  • David Cooke
  • Tim Dooley
  • Roy Fisher
  • Isabel Galleymore
  • John Matthias
  • Tom Phillips

Poetry Reading – Denise Riley

Tapestry Room, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sheffield
. 7pm Thursday 15th March 2012.

Denise Riley (born 1948, Carlisle) is an English poet and philosopher who began to be published in the 1970s. Her poetry is remarkable for its paradoxical interrogation of selfhood within the lyric mode. Her critical writings on motherhood, women in history, identity, and philosophy of language, are recognised as an important contribution to Feminism and Contemporary Philosophy. She was, until recently, Professor of Literature with Philosophy at the University of East Anglia and is currently A. D. White Professor at Cornell University. She was formerly Writer in Residence at Tate Gallery London, and has held fellowships at Brown University and at Birkbeck, University of London.

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Blackbox Manifold, Issue 7

Out now and available on the Blackbox Manifold site, featuring


  • Emily Carr
  • Claire Crowther
  • Nikolai Duffy
  • Ian Ganassi
  • Julie Gard
  • Geoff Gilbert
  • Carl Griffin
  • Tom Jenks
  • Mark Johnson
  • Jill Jones
  • David Kinloch
  • Nathaniel Mackey
  • Anthony Madrid
  • Helen Mort
  • Rebecca Muntean
  • Burgess Needle
  • Ujjal Nihil
  • Aidan Semmens
  • Corey Wakeling
  • Duncan White


  • Michael Vagnetti on Franz Wright
  • Alistair Noon on Abdellatif Laȃbi

Translation section:

  • Tim Atkins, Poems from Petrarch
  • Vahni Capildeo, Four Departures from ‘Wulf and Eadwacer’
  • Geoff Gilbert & Alex Houen, free translation from Zola and Girard
  • Hagihan Haliloglu, translation of Roni Margulies
  • Ian Heames, out of Villon
  • Michael Kindellan, after Baudelaire, Pound, Char
  • Rod Mengham, version of Archilochus
  • Alistair Noon, Mandelstam
  • Richard Owens, Eight Ballads
  • Justin Quinn, from Bohuslav Reynek
  • Keston Sutherland, Marx & Espitallier
  • Geoff Ward, from Rainer Maria Rilke: Duino Elegies
  • Adam Piette, Review of Ashbery’s Rimbaud