Friday, September 28, 2018
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Robert Sheppard: My twittersonnet 'Dwarf Planet' is part of the KFS poetry illuminations in Blackpool
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Here I muse upon the difficulties of listing every magazine appearance I've made, and show the list that I started to make and then abandoned because it was just getting too long, and which I replaced with a simpler list of every magazine title I'd been published in. Jokingly I call this 'oeuvre management', but I can just about imagine a Creative Writing degree module of that title!
Saturday, September 15, 2018
But there's enough to keep most poetry-lovers quiet on the re-issue pages of Pages. Thanks to Scott Thurston for initiating this project, to Joey for doing the leg-work and the interviewing, and to Jacket 2 for seeing fit to make it available again, in all its (deliberate) lo-tech glory.
The Poetry Foundation comments on the reissue, see: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2018/07/jacket2-reissues-pages
1-8 Editorial; Allen Fisher; David Miller
9-16 Gilbert Adair; Gad Hollander
17-24 Ken Edwards; Andrew Lawson
25-32 John Seed; Adrian Clarke
33-40 Hanne Bramness; Michael Carlson
41-48 Sheila E. Murphy; Kelvin Corcoran; Harry Gilonis
49-56 ‘Beyond Revival’ editorial; Virginia Firnberg; David Chaloner
57-64 Rupert M Loydell; Lee Harwood; Robert Christian
65-72 ‘Theoretical Practice editorial; Responses: Adrian Clarke, Gilbert Adair, Andrew Lawson, Virginia Firnberg; Wayne Pratt (this is the issue where Adair coins the term 'linguistically innovative poetry'.
73-80 Stephen Oldfield; Valerie Pancucci
81-88 Alan Halsey; Peter Middleton
89-96 R G Hampson; Hazel Smith
97-104 Eviction Collage; Letter from Ken Edwards; Bob Cobbing; Chris Beckett
105-112 Richard Caddel; Catherine Walsh; Aiden Semmens
113-120 Patricia Farrell; Tom Raworth
121-128 Heywood Hadfield; Colin Simms
129-136 Sheppard, Letter to The Independent (which they published); Ralph Hawkins; Maggie O’Sullivan
137-144 James Keery; Peter Riley; Keith Jebb
145-152 Ian Davidson; John Wilkinson
153-160 Johan DeWitt; Michael Ayers
161-168 ‘Poor Fuckers’ editorial; Horst Bienek, trans. Harry Gilonis; Rod Mengham
169-176 Elaine Randell; Lawrence Upton
177-184 Ian Robinson; John Welch
185-192 Ulli Freer; Virginia Firnberg
193-200 Peter Ganick; Dennis Barone
201-208 Sheppard: review of Bob Perelman; Robert Creeley; John Muckle, review of Ian Davidson
209-216 Alex Alfred; David Barton
217-218 Floating Capital advert/apology for absence
Here is the editorial to Pages, Third Series.
Afterword to Pages, Fourth Series, here. This is the 'end' of the Fourth Series: here.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
He has chosen some of the 'English Strain' sonnets, these ones from
Pet! Petsy? Petronella? Petrarca! Where Petrarch dwells
there lies Poesy, as he makes for himself a self
in language, however embarrassing his cowpat lyricism,
since he – I – could not hope for imperial laurels....
This sequence seems oddly pertinent at the moment, given the antics of a certain phallocrat just out of government.
Another 'English Strain', is currently published in Cumulus 2 at the same time (so far print only): that one is my version of a poem by the Earl of Surrey.
My sonnets from the 'English Strain' project Hap:Understudies of Thomas Wyatt’s Petrarch is now published;
see here: https://robertsheppard.blogspot.com/2018/10/robert-sheppard-hap-understudies-of.html
and is available from Knives Forks and Spoons here:
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: https://www.knivesforksandspoonspress.co.uk/product-page/bad-idea-by-robert-sheppard-102-pagesMy response to Peter Riley agnostic approach to 'expanded translation' here includes a few remarks about the whole 'English Strain' project with links to other parts:
Sunday, September 09, 2018
I say 'a kind of' because the story told in the poem is real. Before setting off for work I looked at Twitter and found a tweet announcing that Roy had died. That was upsetting. But having previously read a Tweet wrongly announcing the death of another poet, I decided to check again. But I couldn't find the tweet again. So I wasn't sure. I set off for work and the adventure in the poem occurred. Which could only occur in that 'between' state of uncertainty. Once I got to work I saw a tweet from Neil Astley, the publisher of Bloodaxe, and realised that the news was true. (None of this is a spoiler for the poem, by the way.) A few weeks later I attended Roy's funeral, by which time it felt all too real. As I write in 'Work' (the 2017 supplement):
We followed the ducks and rabbits to a humanist affair with wild flowers and jazz and – against Roy’s wishes – poems.
Tears in the Fence 68 is now available from https://tearsinthefence.com/pay-it-forward and features poetry, prose, creative non-fiction and prose poetry from Ian Seed, Simon Collings, Melisande Fitzsimons, Anna Backman Rogers, Beth Davyson, Robert Sheppard, David Miller, Peter Hughes, Tracey Iceton, Jill Eulalie Dawson, Kate Noakes, Taró Naka Trans. Andrew Houwen and Chikako Nihei, Aidan Semmens, Mark Goodwin, Barbara Bridger, Alexandra Strnad, Daragh Breen, Andrew Darlington, Caroline Heaton, Peter J. King, Amelia Forman, Clive Gresswell, Steve Spence, Rebecca Oet, Sue Burge, Chloe Marie, Lucy Sheerman, Peter Robinson, Michael Henry, Wendy Brandmark, Abeer Ameer, Reuben Woolley, Kareem Tayyar, Sarah Cave, Angela Howarth, Norman Jope, John Freeman, Eoghan Walls, Jennie Byrne, Marcel Labine Trans. John Gilmore and Peter Larkin.
The critical section features Ian Brinton’s editorial, Andrew Duncan on Sean Bonney, Mark Byers on Jasper Bernes and Sean Bonney, Nancy Gaffield on Zoë Skoulding, Frances Spurrier – Poetry, resilience and the power of hope, Simon Collings on Ian Seed, Peter Larkin, Clark Allison on John Hall, Astra Papachristodoulou on Nic Stringer, Greg Bright – What Is Poetry?, Mandy Pannett on Seán Street, David Pollard on Norman Jope, Louise Buchler on New Voices in South African Poetry, Anthony Mellors on Gavin Selerie, Linda Black on Anna Reckin, Jonathan Catherall on Nicki Heinen, Richard Foreman on M. John Harrison, Morag Kiziewicz’s column Electric Blue 4, Notes on Contributors and David Caddy’s Afterword.
Good to see former Edge Hill MA student Jennie Byrne there! As she notes here:
I have, of course, written about Fisher's work in my book The Poetry of Saying (see here) and elsewhere, but here are links to a number of posts on this blog that you might like to read, before you get a chance to read 'Between' in Tears in the Fence:
My most recent piece is on Fisher's radicalism here.
I've been published many times in Tears and here is my announcement of a previous appearence, another poem in memoriam, this time for Lee Harwood. I believe they also published my i.m. to Barry MacSweeney.
Thanks to David Caddy for all these appearances and for his publishing tenacity: 68.
Saturday, September 08, 2018
Note 2019: I have removed most of the text because it now appears on LUNE: See here.
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Frustrated spinsters, the Spanish Inquisition, Mr Thrower and his family, Olive on the phone, Tommy Cooper, Ken Dodd, busy Marjorie, Joan getting married (‘I didn’t know anything about the world’, she laughed), Melanie, Jeremy Corbyn’s scruffiness, Chris Whyte (the astronaut from Southwick), the other astronaut from Chichester, on not being able to choose what to wear, her hair wash, the damp towel, the forbidden chocolate slice (‘I’m a chocoholic!’), seagulls, owls, Tommy Cooper (‘a violent alcoholic’), Neanderthal Man, falling over in the night, Hitler’s … (well I can’t say it here, but he only had one of them), on the Moon Landing having been faked in a film studio, The Times, The Daily Mail, the Express, the Shoreham Herald, the celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday, the forthcoming celebrations for Mum’s 87th birthday, her strict anti-Royalism, on how Queen Victoria married a German, how Yasmin the Yemani waves to her, the crack in the wall examined by Mr Thrower, the contents of my latest letter to her, on Joyce in her nursing home, the Hippodrome, Frankie Howerd, the Clock Tower in Brighton (‘Is it still there?’) a corned beef sandwich (her favourite), Miss Barnett’s Holy Communion at St Clare’s (she’d taught me at school in the mid 60s), cod and chips, Stephen’s liver, the nurse from Worthing Hospital who visits her, Maureen and Ted, a card from Marjorie, her gallery of photographs, her amazing lack of wrinkles (unlike prunes, which remember, form a running theme of this memorial), her amazing teeth, her no need of reading glasses, my Senior Railcard, my Bus Pass (she laughed uproariously at my photograph), Tommy Cooper, David Cameron’s expenses, Charles and Camilla’s ‘carryings on’, Edward VIII’s Nazism, the weirdness of codeine dreams, Peter and Wendy, Peter and Wendy’s family, Richard’s visit to Colombia, the length and arduousness of his journey (a 9 hour flight), the length and arduousness of my journey from Liverpool, my forthcoming retirement, glasses of Lambrusco, Patricia’s mother’s nursing home, Red Rum, and – wait for it – the present whereabouts of Sergar.
My memorial for my father is here
Sunday, September 02, 2018
Generally depressed by the Brexit result which has left many students bereft of a cleanly conceptualisable future, young people have discovered that they are not just individual consumers but that they form an electorate, surprisingly left-leaning, that wishes to scrap tuition fees and loans and even to erase standing student debt. They’ve even been gifted two elections to try this power out, and they’ve got a taste for it.That makes this moment a potentially interesting one that could stall the growing pitting of student against staff and suggests a more collaborative future for HEAs I put it in a recent poem about ‘one of those days in sovereign global Britain’(you didn’t think you were going to get away without this, did you?)There are no students in this poem yet their standing debtHas nurtured a collective electorate that forms beyondThe ‘envies’ of petit bourgeois consumerismThis semantic field is manured with usurers’ tears
I've just seen the contents of the 'Robert Sheppard Companion'. It's overwhelming and I'm not going to be lonely with a companion like that! A big boot up the rear from other people's suppositions about what it is I might have been doing.
Watch this space. An upcoming post on the history of Pages itself may suggest some renewed literary activism. Even 'aesthetic justice'.
(The above was mostly written before my mother died, so a lot of these thoughts have been put on hold while I deal with the bureaucracy of death. Here.)
Saturday, September 01, 2018
Read the third review of Atlantic Review in the print journal Poetry London by Mary Jean Chan, or read online here.
Here's an account of the Berkeley Uni launch in the US.
It's on the ARC site, and you may also buy the book through that link!
Links to much more about the anthology, the launches, etc, here. Including the London Review of Books Shop one (picture below: the editors).