PETER MANSON - Adjunct: an Undigest  (STEM 03)
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1. The Game of Life played on the surface...  (9.07)
2. A mallet kept for chipping the penises...  (9.28)
3. Ernie Wise is dead.  (6.06)
4. Junior Boys' toilet with glazed activity space...  (9.16)
5. This is good for wiping short-term memory...  (8.47)
6. Sit still pretending to be a bird dropping.  (10.11)
7. Rice-water evacuations.  (10.51)



Did you know 'Half of primary schools do not have links with business'? Or that, 'to get a better feel for another bird, a man will fiddle with someone else's cock for a while, but usually by moving around to squat in place behind it, rather than having it passed across to him as if it were merely an animal'? In dead-pan Glaswegian, Manson wades through the detritus of our daily lives and observations selecting and collaging, manic magpie-like, choice morsels for our increasingly uneasy entertainment. Written between 1993 and 2000, and published in book form by Barque Press, Adjunct is the hilarious and disturbing epitaph of our degrading times constructed by one of this countries most intelligent and generous poets. The screams stoppered by laughter caught by shock carved by wit leave you where you need to be now, at the very least, alive.

Cover artwork by the poet.



Stéphane Mallarmé: The Poems in Verse - translation and notes by Peter Manson. Miami University Press 2012.

Between Cup and Lip - a book of poems, prose and visuals, Miami University Press 2008.

For the Good of Liars - a book of poems, Barque Press 2006.

Adjunct: an Undigest - the complete text, Barque Press 2009.

Before and After Mallarmé - Translations and adaptations from the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé. Survivors' Press, Glasgow 2005 (out of print).

Two renga - collaborations with Elizabeth James, published in the Reality Street Editions Four-Pack "Renga+", 2002.

Rosebud - a prose text based on the inflation of a quotation from Robert Herrick using dictionary definitions. Published as an A4 folded card by Form Books, 2002 (out of print).

Birth Windows - a booklet of poems. Barque Press 1999 (our of print).

me generation - unclassified verbal and visual work. Writers Forum, 1998 (out of print).

iter atur e - a booklet of fractal visuals. Writers Forum 1995 (out of print).



BEPC Author Page
Freebase Accordion - Peter Manson's homepage.
Switch for Breathing - an .mp3 audio file of one of Manson's poems (1.3 MB).
Review of Adjunct: an Undigest by Robert Potts at the Guardian website.
Review of Adjunct: an Undigest by Stuart Kelly at the Books from Scotland website.



Peter Manson was born in 1969 in Glasgow. Between 1994 and 1997, he co-edited (with Robin Purves) eight issues of the experimental/modernist poetry journal Object Permanence. In 2001, the imprint was revived as an occasional publisher of pamphlets of innovative poetry, and published work by the poets J. H. Prynne, Keston Sutherland, Fiona Templeton, Andrea Brady and Tom Leonard before going back into hibernation in 2006. He has performed his work widely thoughout the UK, and his book Adjunct: an Undigest featured in the exhibition Northern Grammar in Stavanger, Norway in 2003. He was the 2005-6 Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellow in Poetry at Girton College, Cambridge.