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P. Inman - Written 1976 - 2013

P. Inman – Written 1976 - 2013

(Manchester: If P Then Q, 2014. Paperback, 727pp, £20.00)

 

Reviewed by William Garvin

 

 

*poetry stripped beyond its essentials.

 

*sculptural. reductive. (like the name p.inman).

 

*phrasings short. lateral.

 

*('pleat-glow from like' 'cusa this paint'...).

 

*autonomous language. distanced from outer referents.

 

* with random molecular interactions.

 

*(‘veff’,  'inkle', ‘plem’,’ceouscuit',obl'...).

 

*scattered like random code.

 

*punctuation/borders placing each word within contemplative space.

 

*slowing. the. reading. process.

 

*the word/sub-word taking precedence over the phrase.

 

*highlighting closer dimensions of language skimmed over by 'normal' reading.

 

*illuminating intro:  c.dworkin.

 

*(where did all the syntax go…?).

4 February 2015