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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Robert Sheppard: de-selected poem from History or Sleep: Putting Claws on the Glove (for Joan Brossa)

Tony Fraser has asked me to shave off some pages of my forthcoming 'Selected Poems' and I'm afraid this one has to go, the only section selected (then de-selected) from a poem 'writing through'/'translating' Joan Brossa's visual poems ('from the Catalan', I say, although there are no words in his poems). I thought some of the thoughts embodied in the poem are handled elsewhere, but I regret losing this gesture to a great literary figure. The full poem may still be read in Hymns for the God in which my Typewriter Believes.

from Putting Claws on the Glove: Poemes Objecte by Joan Brossa

from the Catalan

This mask is only off
by being on

You are behind it
and only through it
can you be before us, saying:

See my eyes,

I have made them for you
through what I say

See my mouth,
its tongue

flipping the letters to and fro,
back and forth, up and down

Let me say: there is a mask
placed upon an open blank page

We shall wear it together

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Patricia Farrell's A Space Filled Completely with Matter now published

Patricia Farrell’s A Space Completely Filled with Matter, the performance-dance piece she wrote for Jennifer Cobbing (and Veryan Weston) is now out from Veer. Here.

Some images were published on Pages, including here, here and here. They give some idea of the text, which is sumptuous in the Veer edition.

Another of Patricia's projects (as an artist here), her book The Zechstein Sea here, and her website here.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Robert Sheppard: a de-selected poem & The Anti-Orpheus online

Voices Within

Otherword is other-                                                    The new wild order: slice
wise, is wise in the face of                                          certain pages from the Book

the world and the                                                        Of Songs; write or rot. I
word. It turns away from                                            keep another book of unsung

the world to let it be: snow                                         notsongs near my hand, to turn
falls on its own melting.                                              to song, thought’s counterpoint.

Tony Fraser asked me to shave 6 pages from my selected poems, which he is publishing later this year. I will post most of them here (excepting a substitution within A Translated Man of one text for another). This text above is taken from my poetics notes/poem/essay The Anti-Orpheus (which is available online on the Shearsman site here. It posits a Levinasian poetics.).

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Robert Sheppard and Pete Clarke: latest prints

This piece by Pete Clarke uses elements from my poem 'Excitation for Pete Clarke' that was recently published in English (see here). These prints will be exhibited at the Krakow Print Biennele in September. Pete and I have been inactive for a while, but we had an exhibition at Edge Hill University in 2013. See links here and here. I talk about the work on my research video, accessible here

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Robert Sheppard: The Meaning of Form: new title & new order of contents

The Meaning of Form in Contemporary Innovative Poetry

Robert Sheppard

That's the new title. Below is the new contents page. You can see how it differs (and how it doesn't, from the description of the project and links to dry-runs, digressions and drafts of the the chapters, HERE. There is nothing new added, but the order of chapters was changed (and a half chapter on Christopher Middleton was dropped, though published it is here).


Introduction: Form, Forms and Forming

1. Veronica Forrest-Thomson: Poetic Artifice and Naturalization in Theory and Practice

2.  Convention and Constraint: Form in the Innovative Sonnet Sequence

3. Translation as Transformation: Tim Atkins’ and Peter Hughes’ Petrarch

4. Meddling the Medieval: Caroline Bergvall and ErĂ­n Moure

5. Translation as Occupation: Simon Perril and Sean Bonney

6. Rosmarie Waldrop: Poetics, Wild Forms and Palimpsest Prose

7. The Trace of Poetry and the Non-Poetic: Conceptual Writing and Appropriation in Kenneth Goldsmith, Vanessa Place and John Seed

8. Stefan Themerson: Iconopoeia and Thought-Experiments in the Theater of Semantic Poetry

9. The Making of the Book: Bill Griffiths and Allen Fisher

10. Geraldine Monk’s Poetics and Performance: Catching Form in the Act

11. Form and the Antagonisms of Reality: Barry MacSweeney’s Sin Signs



Friday, June 19, 2015

Robert Sheppard: The Meaning of Form: Thought, Song, Poetics

This phrase from the book, in the chapter on Erin Moure, asserts itself (to me) as poetics, not as literary critical or theoretical language. I celebrate its provocation:

‘To make thought sing and to make song think’. (Kaufman 2005: 212)

Kaufman, Robert. ‘Lyric’s Constellation, Poetry’s Radical Privilege’, Modernist Cultures 1:2 (Winter 2005): (accessed 12 August 2013; no longer available)

Poetics: a speculative, writerly discourse... more here...
See links for other parts of The Meaning of Form project here.