The Cold Tap Sings

the p-word

Category: Books


This book is just soooo00000ooooo exceptionally good. I came across it in Greg Thomas’s review on SPAM Plaza, which provides context and analysis of a writer whose impact and importance has long been undervalued. This reissue on Primary Information & Ugly Ducking Presse will hopefully change that.

Available in the UK at the London Centre for Book Arts.




One of the most bewitching books I’ve read this year.

No puppy or dog will ever be capable of this, and surely no parrot. No one can ask another a rhetorical question. We can only read stray rocks and first we must learn their names.



I have an extract from a new long poem, ‘Vermilion Cliffs’, in Volume 7.1 of Reliquiae, available here. I’m particularly delighted to be included in this journal as it’s one of my favourites.



Delighted to say that my new pamphlet, Another Green World, is published by SPAM Press today. It’s composed of alternative lyrics for the 14 songs that form Brian Eno’s pre-internet album of the same name

another green world

The poems were assembled by sourcing the album’s lyrics from the online text database Genius and erasing everything but the first word of each line. This word was then Googled, and its suggested searches used either as a springboard for improvisation or verbatim as a new line. Since 9 out of the 14 songs are instrumental, the majority of the poems are ‘wordless’.

All the clouds turn to words
All the words float in sequence
No one knows what they mean
Everyone just ignores them

–Brian Eno

You can buy Another Green World here. It’s one of four pamphlets in their spring series (as pictured) for which there’s a neat bundle deal here.