THEORY: the last edition

With thanks to… Elizabeth Rimmer Stephan Delbos Andrew McCallum Crawford Mandy Haggith Julie Maclean Rodger Evans Frederick Pollack Geoffrey Heptonstall Anne Rouse Advertisements

Third Anniversary Edition III: Saint

Andrew F Giles reviews Michael Pedersen’s ‘Play With Me’ Pétronille: new cartoons by Arabella Langlands-Perry Rodger Evans on speech and speeches New poetry from Chelsea Cargill

Third Anniversary Edition II: Caetera Desunt

  Andrew Losowsky & Ewan Morrison Andy Powell Stewart Sanderson Martin Hall

The Parable Edition

  Gay Elder (& Huffington Post contributor) Malcolm Boyd reviews Hollywood rebel Michael Kearns‘ autobiography The Truth Is Bad Enough: What Became of the Happy Hustler? Claudia Massie interviews plein air artist and teacher Marc Dalessio. Andrew McCallum shares his wistful parables as poems and a short story.

The Portraits Edition

In this month’s edition, author David McAlpine Cunningham sketches a tantalising portrait of a young, bereaved student and his ambiguous relationship with his tutor, in the subtle, witty and lightly erudite short story ‘L’Amour Cortois’. Poet Rodger Evans explores the relationship between poetry and song in his portrait of up-and-coming superband Jesus, Baby!, featuring NLP … Continue reading

The Thrum Edition

Deep in the heart of Thrum this month you’ll find the heady talents of one of Helena Nelson’s Happenstance Press triumvirate, Niall Campbell (finally alongside Richie McCaffrey and Theresa Muñoz, who appeared in NLP earlier on in their careers) in his short collection for NLP – ‘Thrum’ – which would summon the hive to “rouse/ its … Continue reading

The From the Ruins Edition

In 1995, singer Natalie Merchant released her song ‘San Andreas Fault’, in which the tectonic plates under San Francisco took on a sinister, human aspect, “mov[ing their] fingers/ through the ground” – a reference, perhaps, to the huge 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, or others since. In Merchant’s song, the fault-line of the past and … Continue reading

The Werk Edition

Delaina Haslam, who recently delighted conceptual poet Kenneth Goldsmith with her piece about him in NLP (his new book, Uncreative Writing, is reviewed here in the TLS), takes on another avant-garde giant, sound poet Jaap Blonk. NLP is delighted to be working with Haslam again: she is an endlessly searching writer, and allows NLP to … Continue reading

The Code Edition

There is a physicality to the way we record things – a place for memory – that appears in code; we call this language. It is learnt through sight, touch, sound, and is arguably site specific. “The narratives respond directly to the land, as the land responds directly to the… stories”, writes David Abram in … Continue reading

The Tresspass Edition

Nothing as bombastic as Frank O’ Hara’s manifesto for Personism, but with a soft-hued version of his sentiment: “I’m not saying that I don’t have practically the most lofty ideas of anyone… but what difference does that make? They’re just ideas. The only good thing about it is that when I get lofty enough I’ve … Continue reading