Wednesday, March 30, 2011


CRAG HILL reviews

Ad Finitum by P. Inman
(if p then q classics, Manchester, England, 2008)

Into the Breech: P. Inman’s Ad Finitum

We are nouns who need to know where verbs go, if verbs go. We are verbs who yearn for predicates, completion, for resolution. P. Inman, for decades, has teased and torqued this genetic compulsion for order.

In Ad Finitum, where absences reign, P. Inman fractures

In his use of word particles, verses partitioned by horizontal and/or horizontal/vertical axes, P. Inman maps

Forcing us to play with gaps, to fill in silences, to bind fragments, pushing up through the page’s attenuated skin, P. Inman urges
literature’s .


In severing the front and back ends of words, P. Inman democratizes

No status quo, but

In blocks of text, rigid stream of phrases, rubbing up against similar and dissimilar phrases, P. Inman builds


P. Inman’s fractals
                      foot. lace.

Slowing down speeding up, P. Inman erases

With no beginnings and ends—a perpetual middle, a process of process, P Inman’s poems argue against
it’s like Rothko

           a                       state of
turn of                       syllable in
consist                       to what
crunch                       extent does

Flash, phosphene, memory scattered on tips of tongue, the writing resists

Requiring an archeologist’s patience, ability to envision and construct a whole from a few shards, P. Inman’s poetry re ards, the knowledge and pleasure polished in the eces
particle speech

An electron microscope bearing down on the dictionary, quirks of words, quarks, uncontained by human constructs.
Bird call. Bird cull. Bird cells on the windowsill.
that write
per in

Jazz phrase/s. Raise. Imerge.

P Inman’s connection’s

P. Inman’s erection’s
each sound put it
of withers for me
is it one word or
none of the rest

s                       i
t                       t
a                       s
t                       s
e                       h
d                       a
n                       p
e                       e
s                       w
s                       a
w                       x
a                       e
s                       s

Breaking the yoke of the horizontal, the cognitive limits of syntax, P. Inman defies

Urban sprawl, wall to wall media, personal and impersonal, hooded by our electronic devices, the spaces and interstices, the grooves and gaps of these poems deconstruct
no one at least to the writing

some footnote into structure too much
                       hide word carlights

the name of the thing the verb was
                      thought for outside

writing in the short sense underline furred though
                            wool vim listen matter


Maker and made, observer and observed, outside and inside, P. Inman invites
eninsula                       glimpse

P. Inman provokes


Crag Hill's latest book is 7 x 7 (Otoliths Press, 2010). With Nico Vassilakis, he is editing The Last Vispo Anthology, with over 130 contributors from over 30 countries. He teaches English education at Washington State University.

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