Inman’s poetry uses an anti-representational system of language. Mark Wallace, in an online article for Fascicle, noted in Inman’s work the tendency for patterns to “move across poems.” He found “brief images, oddly juxtaposed and undermining each other; phrases and sentences torn up by improperly placed periods; slash marks, jump cuts, stray bits of words; moments thick with meanings that never quite complete themselves; social ironies, a sly and biting humor.… It’s the movement that matters, the swoops, twists, barriers, jolts.”
Inman has worked at the Library of Congress and been active in union organizations. He lives in Maryland with his wife, poet Tina Darragh.
Audio & PodcastsPoem Talk
Slow-Down: A Discussion of P. Inman's "reception.theory." and "lac[e]y."
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Michael Golston, Danny Snelson, and Sarah Dowling.
POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic
SCHOOL / PERIOD Language Poetry
LIFE SPAN 1947–