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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if p then q videos from September readings in London

Videos below from if p then q’s recent night in London with guest appearances from Michael Basinski and Jennifer Pike Cobbing. Look out for Jennifer Pike Cobbing in particular who read some of The ABC in Sound which will be read by an ensemble at the next Other Room, just under a month away.

Lucy  Harvest Clarke

Philip Terry

Michael Basinski

Tom Jenks

Tim Atkins

Holly Pester

Jennifer Pike Cobbing

Joy as Tiresome Vandalism’s What’s the Best?

New from if p then q…

The ultimate in poetry card gaming. 34 exquisite, professionally made, poetry collection trading cards selected by if p then q illustrated by Simon Taylor of Joy as Tiresome Vandalism.

Play with the entire family. Enjoy with friends. Play at work or on the train.

Includes all your favourite poets: Stein, Pound, Coleridge & Wordsworth, Schwitters, Plath, Lear, Shakespeare, Thurston, Dickinson, Clarke, Williams, Crapsey, Jenks, Ch’ing Chao, Ginsberg, Blake, Berryman, Cummings, Po, Seuss, Atkins, Christensen, Issa, O’Hara, Stevens, Terry, Berrigan, Queneau, Ono, Bataille, Jeffers, Buddhist monks, Niedecker, Cendrars


Visit the website HERE

Philip Terry, Advanced Immorality

Other Room reader Philip Terry’s Advanced Immorality is out now from if p then q

The title of Philip Terry’s book, and the name of one of the seven poems in his latest collection, is an antonymic translation (opposites) of Terry’s own translations of Raymond Queneau’s Elementary Morality. Queneau’s quennet form is further utilised in A Berlin Notebook. Also included are 50½ uproarious synopsises of imagined murder mysteries, the utter destruction of the sestina, Hamlet in four pages and much, much more. From start to finish Advanced Immorality is hilarious, polished, questioning and great fun.


Thus & live stream details for performance at The Other Room, 6th April

Derek Henderson will be live streaming from Utah to the Other Room on 6th April at 7.30 UK time and 12.30 Utah time. For other places in the world check conversion times from the UK time. This reading will feature a number of his sonnets from Thus &: An Erasure of Ted Berrigan’s the Sonnets published by if p then q

This is the link for anyone who can’t make it but would like to watch.


Thus &: An Erasure of Ted Berrigan’s The Sonnets out now from if p then q

Ted Berrigan’s seminal The Sonnets is renowned for its famous use of cut up technique and reconfiguration throughout the sequence. Derek Henderson’s erasure Thus & eliminates all words and typographical duplications. In addition to the strikingly beautiful, often minimalist, sonnets created by Henderson, Thus & asks new questions of each Berrigan sonnet and the sequence as a whole. Thus & reveals (conceals) not only the clusters of phrases/lines that were cloned by Berrigan but also words which he repeated; many obviously subconsciously. What is left in Thus & is part skeleton, and underbelly, of maître-sonneteer Berrigan’s The Sonnets and part alien remix by techno-magician Derek Henderson.

Sampler & Concordance


Tim Atkins’ 1000 Sonnets published by if p then q

The long awaited full set of Tim Atkins’ minimalist sonnets is finally here. First published by The Figures back in 2000 this if p then q collection contains over 100 extra sonnets to comprise 127. The title alludes to Kenneth Koch’s hilarious sequence of short plays/skits 1000 Avant Garde Plays and as ever Tim Atkins’ magic is in the spirit of that playfulness. You will have clocked some of these delights in The Reality Street Book of Sonnets.

What Ron Silliman had to say about Sonnet 91:

“Certainly a sonnet is possible in which these words fall in these places. Yet is not clear if anything, in fact, is missing. As such, the text stands mute, ironic, self-amused all at once.”

LINK to purchase from if p then q

James Davies interviewed about if p then q at Ink Sweat and Tears

My approach is to banish the myth that experimental poetry is impossible to read. I think that being able to read experimental poetry is often seen as an elitist or privileged skill. But it’s not always like that: I don’t know how to fix a sink but I could do it if I did the training. It’s often a case of time or patience. I have an aim of presenting it as such, letting people know that. I’ve done a lot of bubblegum things to get people interested: promotional paraphernalia, wacky gifts, goofy blog speech, events. And I’m also in the business of telling people they don’t have to ‘understand’ a poem for it to be fun. I mean, I don’t understand an ice cream. I personally don’t understand a lot music I listen to but again I could do if I put in the work.

Read the rest HERE

Philip Davenport reviews * by Tom Jenks

“There’s no sense of an overarching schema, no symphony, no grand homophonic ending. This is channel-hopping faster than eye or ear, driven by panic and punctuated with nervous jokes. In the tone of it, I’m reminded of nobody so much as neurotic old Brit comedians, Kenneth Williams or Hancock, the weirdness of their emotional hygiene, the horror at the approach of their ogres. Held in the throat of the poem is Ken Williams’s skreeking laugh, Hancock’s tussle with the melancholy of each bloodied day.”

Read it at Intercapillary Space, here.

* is published by if p then q.