The first poem is deliberately dated Maundy Thursday 2019, which is a year ago today, of course, and I was then looking back to the last poem in the first book of ‘The English Strain’ project, which is dated Easter 2018, but name-checks ‘pauperising Maundy monarchs’. (That poem was published recently, too: see here:
Easter is important to the Petrarchan tradition, because, on Good Friday, 1327, Petrarch (supposedly) first laid eyes on Laura (who mysteriously appears in poem 40 today!). So all roads lead to Petrarch and all roads lead to Maundy Thursday or Good Friday.
Another poem, 'The Michael Drayton Companion (1619)' is really about The Robert Sheppard Companion, although I fuse my fate with his. I read it at the launch of the book (see here about both the book and here about the launch, at which I read this poem!).
Daniele Pantano has appeared on this blog, here. Has his own site, HERE.
My ‘English Strain’ project is illustrated by two posts about the background to the project: one that looks back at Book One, The English Strain here and another at Book Two, Bad Idea here , which is what has been excerpted in this showing.
The links above themselves have further links to online poems from Bad Idea.
The Robert Sheppard Companion may be read about and purchased here.
But in the meantime, read the 5 poems (and others accumulating) at The Abandoned Playground.
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-pages