Thursday, October 10, 2019

Robert Sheppard: 5 sonnets from Bad Idea published in Shearsman 121 and 122

I am pleased that Tony Frazer has selected a group of five sonnets from Bad Idea for the latest Shearsman 121 and 122, the first of which is actually the 'address to the reader' at the beginning of the sequence. (The others were written between September and November 2018, and the trace both Michael Drayton’s sonnets, of which they are ‘overdubs’, and the Brexit news of the time.) So it’s a good place to start. There are, of course, lots of other goodies in this issue, though I’ve yet to read it. It arrived in the middle of me working on the first poem of the sequel, Idea’s Mirror. It also contains poetry by Clark Allison, Annemarie Austin, Benjamin Balint, Miranda Lynn Barnes, Alison Brackenbury, Rachael Clyne, Andrew Duncan, Chris Emery, Gerrie Fellows, Adam Flint, Mark Goodwin, Lucy Hamilton, Jeri Onitskansky, Alasdair Paterson, John Phillips, Paul Rossiter, Alexandra Sashe, Kate Schmitt, John Seed, Maria Stadnicka, Andrew Taylor, James Turner, Rimas Uzgiris, Rushika Wick, Tamar Yoseloff; and translations of Greta AmbrazaitÄ— and Toon Tellegen by Rimas Uzgiris and Judith Wilkinson respectively.

You can read more about Bad Idea as it has evolved here, with links to other print outings from the sequence, links to online sonnets, with links to earlier (related) sonnets in the project The English Strain, complete with photos and stuff:

The most recent instalment of The English Strain  to appear is Hap: Understudies of Thomas Wyatt’s Petrarch is available from Knives Forks and Spoons here:

 The cover of Shearsman is by Ghirlandaio; the cover of Hap is by Patricia Farrell

I’m delighted to announce that Bad Idea is available NOW from Alec Newman’s excellent press Knives Forks and Spoons, with a cover design by Patricia Farrell. You may get it HERE: