It's Silence, Soundly, It's Nothing, Seriously and It's Absence, Presently, continue The `It' Series published by Matador since The Book of It (2010). They constitute another stage in an artistic journey exploring the visual and audial dialectic of mark, word and image that began over 25 years ago. In their aesthetic form the books are a decentred trilogy united together in a new concept of The Bibliograph. All three present this new aesthetic object, which transcends the narrow limits of the academic bibliography. The alphabetical works also share a tripartite structure and identical length. The Bibliograph itself is characterised by its strategic place within each book as a whole as well as by the complex variations in meaning of the dominant motifs - nothing/ness, absence and silence - which recur throughout the alphabetical entries that constitute the elements of each text. It's Nothing, Seriously, for example, addresses the amusing paradox that so much continues to be written today about - nothing! The aleatory character of the entries in the texts encourage the modern reader to reflect on each theme and to read them in a new way. The reader is invited as well to examine their various inter-textual relations across given conventional boundaries in the arts and sciences at several levels of physical, psychical & social reproduction.
John McGreal was born of working-class parents into a post-war London Irish culture that placed a high value on education and the written word. In addition to writing works of abstract poetry for 20 years, his professional experiences as a sociologist, translator, psychoanalytic counsellor and artist have all informed the book.