P. Inman radically fractures the conventions of language in order to build everything up again from a more
elemental level. In per se, the composers Luigi Nono, Morton Feldman, Hans Lachenmann provide musical
structure for his jazz-inflected words in motion. The book lives in the tension between the free, multidirectional
movement of words and the highly orgazined macro-structures.
Peter Inman was born in 1947 and raised on Long Island. From 1980 to 2005, he worked at the Library of
Congress, first as a library technician and then as cataloger. Since 2005 he has worked with the American
Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) as a labor rep and consultant. He is a
dues-paying member of the Democratic Socialists of America and Greenpeace. His books have included:
Ocker (Tuumba Press, 1982), Red shift and criss cross (Roof Books, 1988 & 1994), Vel (O Books, 1995),
amounts. to. (Potes & Poets Press, 2000), and ad finitum (if p then q, 2008). He resides in Maryland with the poet Tina Darragh.
“In the work of P. Inman ‘the dialectic of sound and silence has moved several logical steps beyond
—Joan Retallack, “Post-scriptum-high-modern”
Inman “destablizes the polarities of form & content… By fully semanticizing the so-called nonsemantic
features of langue, Inman creates a dialectic of the recuperable & the unreclaimable, where
what cannot be claimed is nonetheless most manifest.”
—Charles Bernstein, Artifice of Absorption