Adjunct: An Undigest
£10.00, 120pp, ISBN 978-1-903488-66-9, July 2009
Peter Manson was born in Glasgow in 1969. His publications include me generation (unclassified verbal and visual work, Writers Forum 1997), Birth Windows (poems, Barque Press 1999), "Two renga" (collaborations with the poet Elizabeth James, in the Reality Street Editions 4-pack Renga+, 2002),Before and After Mallarmé (translations, Survivors' Press 2005), and Adjunct: an Undigest (prose, Edinburgh Review 2005). An audio CD of extracts from "Adjunct: an Undigest" was released by Stem Recordings in 2004. Peter Manson was the 2005-6 Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellow in Poetry at Girton College, Cambridge. He co-edits the Object Permanence pamphlet series with Robin Purves.
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'For those who believe erroneously that the avant-garde have no sense of humour, Peter Manson's Adjunct, An Undigest - certainly the most entertaining collection of the year - is highly recommended. A seven-year creation, it manically folds together rueful diary entries, irreverent comments on artists, writers and musicians, gleeful misprints, and all sorts of found and heard material. Undigested in appearance, but regurgitated in combinations either crafted or mathematically determined, the consistent hilarity of its relentless, deadpan juxtapositions has inescapably serious implications too.' --Robert Potts, The Guardian
'Peter Manson's ADJUNCT: AN UNDIGEST is prose, or poetry, or proesy, or heresy, or simply itself. It's a hyperactive Finnegans Wake, an anthology of eavesdroppings, a critique of contemporary culture and a celebration of its unintended linguistic felicities. I'm sure, years later, there will still be arguments to be had on whether it was Informationist, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, a collidierscope, an Ariandnean ball of wool that leads out of the labyrinth and up the garden path, or just one insane attempt to accurately reflect Babel itself. Plus fart jokes.' --Stuart Kelly, Books from Scotland