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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Rupert Loydell: How do we use autobiographical material

in the twenty-first century? Rupert answers this question well, and he quotes some of my poetics, which is gratifying (and I hope useful):

The piece sent me back to the 'conversation' Rupert and I conducted via email, that may be read here. They seem to overlap in terms of poetics. 

Rupert is one of my fine collaborators on Twitters for a Lark, and he has conducted another interview with our creation, Hermes...  here.

See the hub post about the book here.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Atlantic Drift launch in London: 5th February 2018

Event / Atlantic Drift: Andrea Brady, Sophie Collins and John James

the Bookshop 

@ the LRB Bookshop, Central London

Atlantic Drift (Arc/Edge Hill University Press) is a new anthology featuring 24 poets from Britain, Ireland, the USA and Canada. It seeks to highlight both new and established writers from both sides of the Atlantic and in between, defining and redefining the various ...By developing a dialogue between English-speaking traditions, Atlantic Drift includes some of the most exceptional poetry and poetics written in the 21st century.

or here:

But also visit this page HERE for the various posts I've made concerning the book, its editing, including videos and photos. Or, outside London, follow this link to Arc’s website to buy, here.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Robert Sheppard: Petrarch 3 published a year ago

My Petrarch 3 was published a year ago today! It's still available too!

Petrarch 3 is Crater 36: buy here. Scroll down and find the publiscation.

The Complete Petrarchs of our time and poetics are splendid, but what happens if you dig down and realise version after version of just one sonnet (Petrarch’s third in this case), stuttering in repetition, re-staging it for voice and situation, from a Scouse dog at Christmas (see below) to Jimmy Savile beyond the grave; a twittersonnet or a lengthy semantic poetry translation; a French Symbolist version or a Middle English sonnet? This.

These poems came about writing a chapter on Peter Hughes’ and Tim Atkins’ Petrarch collecteds.See here (and read my notes on the Petrarch variations by Peter Hughes and Tim Atkins here, ).

Read the 'original' translation (if you see what I mean) and the doggie version here.
There’s even one in the style of Wayne Pratt here.

And you can watch me read some of my 'Petrarch' variations during a reading here.

BUT you’ll still need to buy the new unfolding/folding 'pamphlet' to access the additional delights of the BDSM Petrarch (see below), the mysterious 1401 sonnet (before Wyatt!), a semantic poetry translation in the style of Stefan Themerson, a twittersonnet, ‘Empty Diary 1327’, Jimmy Savile’s last love poem, a sonnet for a Babestation Babe, not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 French Symboliste versions, and even a National Poetry Day poem. Versioning gone mad.

At the point I wrote these I guess I had no idea I'd move onto Milton, Wyatt, and Surrey; (see three of the 'Wyatts' here. since it's been Charlotte Smith, the great Sussex miserablist sonneteer (see here).

The next step is possibly (since I've transitioned gender, textually speaking) EEB... 

Read the only review by Alan Baker here. And a response to the response (and a link to the response itself) of Martin Palmer here
I'm sorry. I didn't mean to start this 'thing'
I have a post with some links about my sonnet writing here

Monday, January 08, 2018

Little Albert returns for one night only

Here's Steve and me taking some tentative steps with Lou Reed's 'Perfect Day'. Our only rehearsals are actually playing at Maggi's New Year's (and other) parties, i.e., performing. Here we are at about 3.30 in the morning!

‘My Funny Valentine’, recorded croakily after too many hours singing, and a version of ‘Motherless Child Blues’ recorded earlier in the evening, in summer, 2015 may be viewed here.

New Year 2013 we also recorded ‘Motherless Child Blues’, this time BEFORE Maggi’s piano had been re-tuned. Here!

Steve was the keyboard player and founder member of the Liverpool band The High Five in the 1980s and his latest band is gigging under the name Cat Sundies. I was the singer and harmonica player of Little Albert Fly. No expense was spared when Tony Parsons and I played the Shakespeare's Head in Hove: they didn't pay. But here's a sideways photo of me and Tony in 1977 or 1978, taken by M. Foy.

Tony and I may be glimpsed here when he was fifty performing 'Motherless Child Blues' with me reading a bit of my poem 'Smokestack Lightning', in 2006. I also performed the poem as a song-piece at the Bluecoat in 2008: You can access that here. The event was filmed by musician and poet Ade Jackson, who has worked with Steve. Small world!

Monday, January 01, 2018

Twitters for a Lark: First Review!

It's a review of sorts. Rupert Loydell is one of my fine collaborators, so he has conducted an interview with our creation, Hermes...  here. He's not being entirely honest (Hermes, not Rupert), since, as far as I can see, he openly campaigned to replace me as President of the EUOIA (and he was the only EUOIA poet to think Brexit was a good idea).

I am pleased to say the the whole EUOIA anthology, Twitters for a Lark appears from Shearsman

See the hub post about the book here.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Seasons Greetings from Myrna and Mina

There is a post that's really about Loy (Mina) here, an account of the Loy event at Bluecoat nearly two years ago now.

I have updated my two websites. Do have a look. One is for me; the other for the European Union of Imaginary Authors. I did both in preparation for the publication of Twitters for a Lark, this year's personal big publishing event (the other being the anthology Atlantic Drift). See also the two links in this paragraph to those two, very different, parallel books (if only in my mind).

Compliments (and complements) of the Season!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Robert Sheppard: Bibliographical Problems with Magazine appearances 1972-2017!

I am currently putting together a bibliography of my work for the book that will come out of the Sheppard Symposium held earlier this year. (See here.) It’s going well, if a bigger job than I’d conceived. I know I have several shelves of the results of my magazine appearances, but when I started to list them I ended up with this list, which is not complete!

Creative Writing in Magazines (Select)

‘Poem’ and ‘A Vision’, Platform 4, Sept-October 1972
‘the lover’ Doris, 6: January 1975
from 'Homage to the Soft Machine', Alembic, Orpington, Alembic, 2 Aug 1978
‘To Penny, after music,’ Preston, Palantir, 1979
from ‘Triptych’, Great Works, 7, May 1979.
‘The Return of the Fair Gardener’, ‘Slightly all the time’, ‘The Frightened Summer’, meeting in fire’, Words Worth 1: 3, September 1979
Pre-Fab, Palantir, Preston, Palantir, 1980
poem: Notation, Oasis, London, Oasis, 1981
‘The Letters from the Basement, Figs 5, March 1981
‘Ghost Frames’, ‘The Blickling Hall Poem’, Kudos 7, April 1981
from 'Tombland', ‘The Factory Island Poems’,  Angel Exhaust 4, 1981
‘Of Appearances: Of a Naked World’, Molly Bloom 2, 1982.
‘Three unrevised sections from Ghost Book, Reality Studios Vol 5, 1983.
The Hungry Years, Palantir, 1983
: Returns, The Artful Reporter, Manchester, North West Arts, 1983
‘The Etiquette of Undersea Weddings’ and four poems of Wayne Pratt, Rock Drill 4, August 1983
The Blickling Hall Poem, Poor Old Horse, PN Review, Manchester, Carcanet Press, 1984
, poem: Returns, New Statesman, London, New Statesman, 16 Mar 1984
poem: Situations, New Statesman, 26 Jul 1985
Robert Sheppard (1986) Processual, 'The Micropathology of the Sign', poem-introduction, London, Writers Forum
‘Strategies’, Ninth Decade 5, 1985
Mesopotamia, Reality Studios, London, Reality Studios, 1986
Unwritings, Staple Diet, Durham, Pig Press, 1986 (whole issue)
‘The Cannibal Club’ and ‘Looking North 1, Angel Exhaust 7, June 1987
Schrage Musik, Slow Dancer, London, Slow Dancer Press, 1987
from ‘Radio Anna’, ‘Homage to Bob Cobbing’, Archeus (n.p) 1989
from ‘Radio Anna’, First Offense 6, March 1990.
Untitled for Patricia Farrell, Raddle Moon, Vancouver, Raddle Moon, 1990
‘Smokestack Lightning’ and ‘The Magnetic Letter’, RWC 1, December 1990.
from ‘Boogie Stop Shuffle’, Fragmente 2, December 1990.
from ‘Smokestack Lightning’, Responses 2, February 1992.
Melting Borders, Critical Quarterly, London, Critical Quarterly, 33(2), 1991, 1991
from ‘Killing Boxes’, Memes 6, December 1991.
poems: Sharp Talk and Amended Signatures; Empty Diaries 1932-1936', Angel Exhaust 8, 1992
Empty Diaries 1938-1945, Slow Dancer 28, London, Slow Dancer Press, 1992
from Empty Dairies’, Oasis 54, July 1992.
 ‘Empty Diaries 1914-1919’, Scratch 8, June 1993.
‘Fucking Time’, Oasis 60, July 1993.
from ‘Smokestack Lightning’ in ANONATEXTOSAURUS: A4 Anonymous 19, 1993.
‘Stella by Starlight (Empty Diaries)’, :that: 18, December 1993
‘Empty Diaries 1968 and 1974’, Ramraid Extraordinaire 2, February 1994
‘The Girl Can’t Help it’ from Empty Diaries, Grille 3, April 1994.
'Empty Diary 1960-1966', Object Permanence 3, 1994
Shutters, Talus 8, London, Talus Editions, 1994
from ‘Empty Diaries’, First Offense 9, Spring 1994.
‘Empty Diary 1992’, Memes 10, September 1994.
 ‘Empty Diaries 1910-1908’, Ramraid Extraordinaire 3, October 1994
Empty Diaires (various), AND 7, London, Writers Forum, 1994
from The Lores, Form Card no. 49.
: The Lores, Book 8, West Coast Line, Vancouver, West Coast Line, 29(2), 1995
 ‘Empty Diary 1989/1990’, Blue Cage 4, April 1995.
‘The Lores, Book 9’, Mirage #4/Periodi(ical)#47, October 1995.
The Lores Book 10 in A Selection of New UK Poetry, Talisman, New Jersey, Talisman Press, 1996
from The Lores, Book 5, Oasis 76, January 1996.
from ‘The Lores, Book 5’, First Offense, ? March 1996.
The Lores Book 4, Angel Exhaust, 14, December 1996.

to the end of 1996… complete: sketchy after here:

Implosive Samples: Exploded Sestina', 'Untitled', Jacket (internet), Australia, Jacket, 1999
poems: for Scott Thurston, Small Voice, Small Voice 2, An Unsustained Sestina in Hundreds, Shearsman, Devon, Shearsman, 1999
: Armchair Adoption, In Good Voice, Tin Pan Arcadia, Towards a Neo-Diagonalist Manifesto', The Gig, Willowdale, Canada, The Gig, 1999
'Early Poems of Rene Van Valckenborch': 4 poems, The Adirondack Review,, web mag, 2000 (surely too early??? 2010???)
Abject Stutter Expectorates Laugh of the Human, For the Continuity Terminator, Oasis, London, Oasis Books, 2000
, poem: 'The Push Up Combat Bikini', Tears in the Fence, Devon, Tears in the Fence, 2001
1 ‘Angel at the Junk Box’, and ‘Freeze It’, Fire 14, May 2001.

prose-poem: 'In an Unknown Tongue', Oasis, London, Oasis, 2002
‘Smokestack Lightning’, Fire 17, May 2002.
‘The Sacred Tanks of Dagenham’, cul de qui 1, September 2002.
‘Closing the Books, Locking the Chests’, Pores 2 ( December 2002.

, Reading 'The Reader' of Bernhard Schlink', Great Works (internet), Bishop Stortford, Great Works, 2004
'Only the Eyes are Left', 'A Scapel of Light Slicing Through a Smile'., The Gig, Willowdale, Canada, The Gig, 2004
Luscious Clusters', 'Poeme Objecte from the Catalan', 'The Pissing Bridge', Call, New York, USA, Call, 2004
: 'Four Odes', 'The Dusk of Liberty', 'Botanising the Asphalt of Veolpolis', Tears in the Fence, Devon, Tears in the Fence, 2004
: 'HymnS to the God in which my Typewriter Believes', Poetry Salzburg Review, Austria, Poetry Salzburg, 7, 2004
‘Pentimento – whatever happened next to Twentieth Century Blues’, AND 12, September 2004.
: In Memory of the Anti-Poem', Stride magazine (internet), Exeter, Stride, 2005
: 'Rattling the Bones - for Adrian Clarke', Softblow (internet), Singapore, Out of Print, 2005
Berlin Bursts, Shadowtrain 2 (internet), 2006
(2006) Van Valckenborch's Cube, Ekleksographia, 3
12 poems: from Warrant Error, Jacket (internet), Australia, Jacket, 2007
Poem, Agenda, Kent, Agenda Editions, 43(1), 24, 2007
(2008) two poems from Warrant Error, English, 57 (208), 125-6
Ordinary Renditions 1-12, Shearsman, Exeter, Shearsman Books, 43-9, 2008
Two Poems from Warrant Error, Stimulus-Respond, London, Stimulus-Respond, 2008
4 poems from Warrant Error, Veer Off, Birkbeck College, London, Veer Books, 2008
, Six poems from Warrant Error, Parameter, Manchester, Parameter, 2008
, 8 poems from September 12, Fire, Oxford, Fire, 39-41, 2009
from 'Poems Against Death', Poetry Wales, Brigend, Wales, Seren Books, 45(1), Summer 2009, 2009,
: 'Mute 'Piano Riga', ‘Cinna the Poet', ‘Song', `Women She Tells', Litter (internet), Nottingham, Leaf Press, 2009
(2010) Critical Tuning: Radio Interference and Interruption as a Poetics for Writing, VLAK, 1 (1), 62-66
, 'with veryan weston/BACKGROUND PLEASURES, AND, London, AND, 13, 51, 2010
, Dave Cave: Hologram Poet, Onedit (webzine, London, Onedit, 16, 2010
'The House of Opportunity', Shadow Train,, 2010
(2010) Two Poems Against Death, Tears in the Fence, 52, 39-40
In the Complex, Sunfish, 3, 7-14........................................................

It is incomplete, of course, because I have stopped it. While I think that the list of my reviews and articles informs, this list will be perhaps of interest to other poets who published in these years. Did you first appear in Platform? And where is Andrew Cozens, its editor, now?

What I’m going to do is simply list the magazines in order of my appearance in them, one appearance each. So this instead:

Platform, Doris, Alembic, Palantir, Great Works, Words Worth, Oasis, Figs, Kudos , Angel Exhaust, Molly Bloom, Reality Studios, The Artful Reporter, Rock Drill, PN Review, New Statesman, Ninth Decade, Reality Studios, Staple Diet, Slow Dancer, Archeus, First Offense, Raddle Moon, RWC, Fragmente, Responses, Critical Quarterly, Memes, Scratch, A4 Anonymous, :that:, Ramraid Extraordinaire, Grille, Object Permanence, Talus 8, AND, West Coast Line, Blue Cage, Mirage #4/Periodi(ical)#47, Talisman, Tears in the Fence, Boxkite, A.bacus, Vertical Images, Stride, The Gig, Counter-Hegemony, Shearsman, Lynx, Jacket, Terrible Work, Fire, Emergency Rations, cul de qui, Neon Highway, Pores, Call, Citizen 32, Poetry Salzburg Review, Softblow, Shadowtrain, Intercapillary Space, Exultations and Difficulties, Free Verse, The David Jones Journal, Pages, Popularity Contest, Skald, Agenda, Stimulus͢͢͢-Respond, New Writing, Veer Off, Parameter, Litter, Signals, English, Poetry Wales, Adirondack Review, Ekleksographia, Onedit, Eyewear, Sunfish, Roundyhouse, VLAK, Form and Fontanelles, Stand, The Claudius App, Damn the Caesars, The Wolf, Sugar Mule, Blackbox Manifold, Otoliths, International Times, Blazvox, Card Alpha, Noon, The Literateur, Poetry at Sangam, Adjacent Pineapple, Erbacce

I must have missed an earlier Erbacce: it isn’t the most recent, though I was in a recent issue (see here). Adjacent Pineapple is, though; see here for details...