Wednesday, July 17, 2019

More 'English Strain' poems (overdubs of Charlotte Smith) published on the Anthropocene platform

Three more overdubs of the eighteenth century Sussex poems of Charlotte Smith, part of 'The English Strain' project, have been published at Anthropocene, a new online platform run by Charlie Baylis. Thanks to him. The first, ‘To the River Adur’, features a line or two from a letter from Lee Harwood. The second, ‘Written at a Church-yard in Middleton in Sussex’ is an overdub of her most famous poem (of that title), and ‘The sea-view’, which is a fully gender-bending Brexit-madness poem from later in the 14 part sequence: 

Big Bo-Beep is having his kip, his flock nibbling
the soft turf where my emigrants once panted
towards the French coast squeezed between sea and sky,
now locked in detention centres, milking the NHS.

Read them HERE.

Of the six poems published in BlazeVOX 19, edited by Geoffrey Gatza, four of them are more versions of Charlotte Smith, called Elegaic Sonnets. You may get straight to the pages here:

Another from this part, another Charlotte Smith variation, may be read in Smithereens 2, on page 15:

So that’s 8 of the sequence you can read online. I wrote a little about them here:

These poems form part of a longer set called ‘The English Strain’. Links to a number of the published poems from Non Disclosure Agreement (the last part of the proposed book of The English Strain) may be accessed here:

Some older ‘English Strain’ poems may be found here:

I write about my sonnets generally here, and here and see here and here for more on my Petrarch obsession, which ‘The English Strain’ project into motion. The most recent instalment of it, Hap: Understudies of Thomas Wyatt’s Petrarch is now 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: