Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Robert Sheppard and Patricia: The Passionate Nymph'/The Impassive Shepherd' : European Poetry Festival, Manchester 2019 (set list)

On Saturday 13 April, Patricia and I read at Steven Fowler's wonderful European Poetry Festival. Unusually, we were assigned each other as verbal collaborators.

We made use, as a template, of the almost-collaboration between Christopher (‘Kit’) Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh, the former’s ‘The Passionate Shepherd to His Love’ and the latter’s ‘The Nymph’s Reply’. We have jointly composed two poems.

For the first we treated as a source vocabulary some words from a passage in Anthony Burgess’ novel A Dead Man in Deptford, in which the two poets converse. Seemed right for the venue, The Anthony Burgess Centre, in Manchester.

To correspond to Sir Walter Raleigh’s ‘reply’ to Marlowe’s poem, we jointly wrote a ‘reply’ to our first poem that was its ‘antonymic translation’. This technique, we discovered, was far from a mechanical selection of simple opposites.

 Also at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh6v5Mi14LI

The Passionate Nymph, begins:

‘And all that nymph buffet,’
feminine Kit said, ‘purgeth the pores!’
Raleigh, in his satyr’s shabby finery, read
the truth, amazed in his poetic turret.

The Impassive Shepherd begins:

‘But some of this imago fondling,’
manly Walter screamed, ‘bungs up the inattentions!’
Marlowe, on her dryad’s pristine pinny, failed to note
the ambiguity, blasé in his prosaic coalhole.

In the post HERE I provide links to former years and other activities and publications associated with the Manchester legs of the EPF 2018 and 2019.That includes Twitters for a Lark EUOIA reading and my collaboration with Rimas Uzgiris. All sorts...
The event also featured Kim Campanello and Leonce Lupette / Harry Man and Krisjanis Zelgis / Scott Thurston and Simona Nastac / Tom Weir and Endre Ruset / Colin Herd and Morten Langeland / Martin Kratz and Inga Pizane/ Sophie Carolin Wagner and Maria Sledmere / Nell Osborne and Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset / Sarah-Clare Conlon and Jazmine Linklater / Tom Jenks and SJ Fowler / Tania Hershman and Christodoulos Makris.

We were only able to stay for the first half, due to a compromise with the medical condition of a relative. (It doesn't matter what words I use to describe this, it sounds mysterious. It's not: we just had to go!)

All the Manchester videos are now up https://www.europeanpoetryfestival.com/manchester