LOVE LIFE! by Richard Barrett
“Is LOVE LIFE! a plea or a command? Or a mantra to stave off the panic of sunless Eccles van dreams? Or an exclamation of emotion recollected in the untranquility of a Promazine afternoon? That big exclamation mark is important. It’s one third of the title. It’s the sustained intensity of ‘the infinite MegaBus journey to the world’ of various Gareths, Samsung deletions and poems as messages pinging out between people (maybe, or maybe not, Lucky Pierre style). For all your life! death! love! needs, read this book.
– Rachel Sills
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The Tome of Commencement by Tom Jenks
“In the freshman year Loki created the Happy Valley and the asteroid.”
“The Tome of Commencement (a Rogetification of the Book of Genesis) is a synonymical translation of the first book of the Old Testament.
Created using spreadsheets and Formulae and an ACTUAL human whom we shall refer to as Tom Jenks, this book should be left in the antechambers of Sunday Schools and Kingdom Halls all over the world. Next time someone knocks at your door trying to turn you on to GOD, offer them this. It makes more sense.”
– Stephen Emmerson (Blart Books)
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Revenge of The Mirror People by Chris Stephenson
Cut Up…Folded in…Spat out…The angry ghosts of William Burroughs, Aleister Crowley and Austin Osman Spare…haunting the frayed edges, the cracks, shadows, and badly written down, half remembered nightmares of an outraged and frequently bemused West Yorkshire poetry scene…
An invocation. A poorly advised spell. A misguided attempt at an alternative reality…
Revenge of The Mirror People is the first part of a trilogy.
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Telegraphic Transcriptions by Stephen Emmerson
Stephen Emmerson is utterly, unquestionably of the now, but he nonetheless has something of the futurist about him. His work has the velocity and violence of Marinetti in its blurred, broken asynchronous syntax. But whereas Marinetti et al unambiguously celebrated velocity and – at least until they got a touch of non-theoretical cold steel themselves in the trenches of World War I – violence, Emmerson itemises and deconstructs them. He is less interested in warp speed, more in the speed of the warp, in the rate that sociological, technological and chemical variables are wreaking havoc upon our bodies and our neural wiring. His exploration of this liminal territory is both ruthless, in that his work has no pity, least of all for himself, and relentless. Nothing is out of bounds. Telegraphic Transcriptions blends the lexes of medicine, popular culture, legality and illegality, utilising typographical mutations, objets trouve and many words that may be neologisms (“guffbox”, anyone?) or recherché slang and its own brand of Polari to create a poetic document of remarkable pace and power that perpetually dices with dissolution, only to be brought back again and again by the writer’s skill and iron control.
– Tom Jenks.
Special thanks to Richard Barrett at Department who originally published Telegraphic Transcriptions.
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