Friday, March 10, 2017

The post- Robert Sheppard Symposium poetry reading: videos (set list) and my reading

In the evening after the symposium (see here) a reading by Allen Fisher (old and new work), Robert Hampson (sonnet-related, but Shakespeare), Zoe Skoulding (a new revolutionary calendar), Antony Rowland (pies!), Patricia Farrell (filth!), Rhys Trimble (fake Welshman to fake Belgian), Natasha Borton (re-functioned symposium-speech), Scott Thurston (a return to Turns), Andrew Taylor (soup!), Steven Waling (Japanese translations ahem!), Brendan Quinn and Bill Bulloch (an MA collboration), Joanne Ashcroft (more singing, soundplay), Jo Blowers and Steve Boyland (improv voice piece segueing into 'Kybarti Junction' by Jurgita Zujute (of the EUOIA) and Tom Jenks ('Famous Belgians'), took place at the Arts Centre at Edge Hill (also the venue of the Ship of Fools exhibition that is on all this March!).

I read some of my new sonnets to kick off the evening: my 'Brexit' sequence 'Break Out' (100 word sonnets) and my current work-in-progress 'Hap: Understudies of Thomas Wyatt's Petrarch'. (More on my sonnet writing here, and my previous 'Petrarch' sequence here.) One begins:

My tongue is rigid, moist in attentive silence, unlike
those of slack Brexiteers who promised the riches of the land
to a sequacious populace without delivery or deliverance.

(‘Hap 3). Read three of the 'Wyatts' here.And the link
takes you to the first of the poems I read from what I now call  Hap:Understudies of Thomas Wyatt’s Petrarch (though the first, introductory, poem ‘Perhaps a Mishap’ is not a version of Wyatt’s versions of Petrarch).

Here it is

These sonnets Hap:Understudies of Thomas Wyatt’s Petrarch are now published;

see here:

and is available from Knives Forks and Spoons here:

Taking only the sonnets Wyatt ‘translated’ from Petrarch, but adding a few of my own, I’ve merged the historical Wyatt with his hysterical contemporary analogue, a reluctant civil servant of a corrupt administration.

They also appear in Book One of ‘The English Strain’ project, The English Strain, is available from Shearsman Books here: 

(Book Two, Bad Idea is available from Knives Forks and Spoons, HERE: )

The complete short videos are as follows:

Brendan Quinn and Bill Bulloch:

Natasha Borton with Rhys Trimble:

Patricia Farrell (filthy!):

Unfortunately, Allen Fisher and Boyland/Blowers didn't record. Video messages from Ian McMillan, Charles Bernstein and Chris McCabe were also played.

Here's a link to Charles' message about 'aesthetic justice' recorded in Liverpool after the Storm and Golden Sky reading.

Additionally, during the month of March (NOW ON), in the gallery space at the Arts Centre, there will be an exhibition of Sheppard and Patricia Farrell’s Ship of Fools press. Visit the hub post to take you to all the posts concerning the Ship of Fools exhibition here