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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.