P. Inman

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Peter Inman (writing as P. Inman) is an American poet who was born in 1947 and raised on Long Island. He is a graduate of Georgetown University. Since 1980 he has worked at the Library of Congress, where he has been a union activist (i.e. shop steward, executive officer, union rep and contract negotiator) for Local 2910 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees AFSCME. He has described his politics as "class-based & socialist". His work has appeared in magazines and anthologies including: In the American Tree (edited by Ron Silliman) and From the Other Side of the Century. He resides in Maryland with the poet Tina Darragh.[1]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Platin (Sun & Moon, 1979)
  • Ocker (Tuumba, 1982)
  • Uneven development (Jimmy's House of Knowledge, 1984)
  • Think of one (Potes & Poets, 1986)
  • Red shift (Roof, 1988)
  • criss cross (Roof, 1994)
  • Vel (O Books, 1995)
  • ply (1997)
  • at. least.(Krupskaya, 1999) ISBN 1-928650-03-1
  • amounts. to. (Potes & Poets, 2000)
  • a different table altogether. (Slought Books, 2003) e-book subtitled: P. Inman in Conversation with Roger Farr & Aaron Vidaver. The full content of this e-book is available on-line here Slought Foundation.[2]
  • now /time (Bronze Skull, 2006)
  • Ad Finitum (if p then q, 2008)
  • Per Se (Burning Deck, 2012)
  • Written 1976-2013 (if p then q, 2014)

Audio & CD[edit]

  • Thomas Delio/James Dashow (Capstone Recording 8645, 1997): settings for works by composer Thomas DeLio
  • Music Text (Capstone Recording 8645, 1999)


  1. ^ Information for this bio is taken from the "Contributor's Notes" section of In the American Tree. Edited by Ron Silliman. (Orono, ME: National Poetry Foundation, 2nd edition, 2002); p. 600
  2. ^ This work is described in part as a "12,000-word conversation (in which) Inman responded to questions on poetic form, commodities and syntax, counter-hegemony and subjectivation, proper names and neologisms, aesthetics of negativity, the social life of language, union and revolutionary politics, speed and capitalist reproduction, and the retention of the theory-practice division".

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