This is a guide to works of mine on line (excluding those listed on the Van Valckenborch and Collaborations pages of this site). The best place to keep informed is via my blog Pages. Here.
Above watch me reading at the Sheppard Symposium, March 2017. First I read 'breakout', and this was followed by the first 'translations' of the sonnets of Sir Thomas Wyatt.
Watch me launching Twentieth Century Blues at The Other Room in Manchester on 4th June 2008. Filmed by The Other Room team.
Part One, beginning with ‘A Dirty Poem and a Clean Poem for Roy Fisher’, C20 Blues 59, then ‘From a Stolen Book’ followed by a selection from ‘Empty Diaries’, the sequence with which I continues on the second video.12 minutes. Here.
Part Two, beginning with ‘Empty Diaries 1986, 1987 etc…’ 12 minutes. Here.
Both parts together here.
Also in 2008, I launched Twentieth Century Blues at the Bluecoat and was filmed by Ade Jackson, reading ‘A Dark Study for Lee Harwood’. Just 5 minutes. Here.
At the same reading I performed ‘Smokestack Lightning’, using carpet tapes made for Sub Voicive performances in the early 1990s. Here.
This can be alternatively viewed with the text here.
Much shorter, watch me reading ‘The Bird Poem’ from Berlin Bursts. Less than a minute. Filmed by Andrew Oldham in 2011. Here.
Jeff Hilson and I read Honda Hands here.
See Robert Hampson and Chris Gutkind read 'Liverpool Hugs and Kisses' here.
Watch my 2014 Liverpool University reading (complete with set list) here.
And here's my reading at The Other Room, where I read the Flemish poems of Rene Van Valckenborch: https://otherroom.org/videos/or-43-sandeep-parmar-robert-sheppard-rachel-smith-videos/
Two short videos of me reading two transpositions of Wordsworth's sonnets from British Standards may be read here: http://robertsheppard.blogspot.com/2020/05/robert-sheppard-two-transpositions-of.html
I read a selection of my work on the splendid Archive of the Now here. Or you may select from the following links:
- 'History or Sleep'
- 'Internal Exile 1'
- 'Internal Exile 3'
- 'National Security, Huyton 1940'
- 'Only the Eyes are Left (for Mina Loy)'
- 'Small Voice'
- from 'Empty Diaries': 1905, 1936, 1954, 1968
Poetry and Prose
An early poem TOMBLAND (1979) may be read here.
Some poems from Twentieth Century Blues were published on Lynx during relative early days of the internet. Note the antique print quality. Here.
Another part of Twentieth Century Blues, ‘Explosive Samples: Exploded Sestina’ appears here.
'Empty Diary 1920' from Empty Diaries (as in Twentieth Century Blues) may be read and I may be viewed reading it here:
Parody and Pastoral’ (a poem for Veronica Forrest-Thomson), from Hymns to God, appears here:
The complete texts of my ‘Reading the Reader’, a prose reading of The Reader, also from Hymns to the God, is here on Great Works.
My ambulatory/site-specific text Sudley House was realised as a guided tour/performance at Sudley House, Mossley Hill, Liverpool, in four shows on 6 and 12 November 2004, with Scott Thurston as second voice and presence. The performance text may be read here, again on Great Works. Click at the top from the page you find there to Preamble to Instructions before reading on. In 2012 I wrote a shorter version for the page or screen which may be read here. There's an even shorter, final, version, here:
Some sonnets from Warrant Error and other poems may be seen on the Eyewear feature on my work, here. More, here: from Warrant Error:
The introductory three poems from Warrant Error may be read on Intercapillary Space here.
Two contrasting sonnets were published here, in English, the journal of the English Association, but long before I was elected a Fellow.
Three poems about Riga from Berlin Bursts are presented here. One of these, 'Prison Camp Violin, Riga' was picked as the Guardian poem of the week in July 2018. You can read the poem, and Carol Rumens' astute analysis HERE. And watch me read it here: http://robertsheppard.blogspot.com/2020/01/prison-camp-violin-riga-anthologised-in.html
A feature on my work at Litter magazine includes the opening of ‘Arrival’, part two of Words Out of Time my autrebiographies, here.
Here are two parts of the third part of Words Out of Time called 'When', here on Blackbox Manifold. (Via Pages link.)
Some parts of Unfinish appear on Otoliths here.
Two very different poems, my 'Ern Malley Suite' and my homage to Philip Jeck, 'Spectres of Breath' were published together in Blazebox here.
All the poems 'de-selected' from my Selected Poems History or Sleep are accessible here. (They were de-selected for various reasons that you can read about.)
Empty Diaries is a long sequence that ran through Twentieth Century Blues and into the current century's poems: 1901- and ongoing (again after a break of a decade)! The first eight of Wiped Weblogs: ED 2001-14 appeared in The Literateur. Find them here or here. The final six appeared in a wonderful edition of Blackbox Manifold. See here.
The 2015 Empty Diary is here Empty Diary 2015
Burnt Journal 1978 is from a series of birthday poems, in this case for the Liverpool poet Eleanor Rees.
Full stop ahead is a response to the art of William Kentridge, a brilliant exhibition at Bluecoat in Liverpool.
Quennet for the Artist Pete Clarke is exactly that. One of Pete's prints appears on the collaboration page.
Texts in memory of Tom Rawoth: my poem 'Tom Beau' is one of the contributions to a special section of Blackbox Manifold here. And see my 1999 poem for him from Twentieth Century Blues, posted I.M. here. There's a passage from my abandoned novel Thelma here which features Tom Raworth as a character? (Thelma was to be my Scouse version of Breton's Nadja!)
From the ongoing ENGLISH STRAIN PROJECT:
Read about Book One, The English Strain here and about Book Two, Bad Idea here . (The final part of Bad Idea is slightly different; called ‘Idea’s Mirror’, it’s described here: https://robertsheppard.blogspot.com/2019/12/my-last-ideas-mirror-post-election-poem.html
Book Three is called British Standards. Its first part, ‘Poems of National Independence’, is cheekily subtitled ‘liberties with Wordsworth’. I write about that sequence here: https://robertsheppard.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-last-of-my-wordsworth-versions-in.html
The second part‘14 Standards’ is described here: http://robertsheppard.blogspot.com/2020/05/robert-sheppard-14-standards-from.html
The project is ongoing and the best resource to keep up to date is Pages. Here are some of the online postings of individual and groups of poems from the three books.
BOOK ONE: THE ENGLISH STRAIN:
One poem from Petrarch 3 may be read here:
From Petrarch 3 the doggie poem (a canine version of Petrarch's third sonnet) may be read here.
And one poem from Breakout, to ‘celebrate’ Brexit, here:
An overdub of Milton may be read in International Times here: http://internationaltimes.it/avenge
The Fugger of Wonderful Black Words in one of my Milton’s ‘overdubs’, dedicated to Tim Atkins, a sonnet. Another one here: ‘Avenge’, another sonnet, a contrafact on Milton’s ‘Avenge O Lord…’, features elements concerning the (female) Yasidi resistance to IS.
from Hap: Understudies of Thomas Wyatt’s Petrarch, in which Wyatt appears in them as himself and as his modern analogue, a foreign office spy on a secret pre-Brexit mission… (See the second half of the video at the top of this page.
‘It’s Nothing’, is a series of 'English Strain' sonnets that tries to write the self and fails miserably (but deliberately), and some are online here and here, and here, and recently four in Molly Bloom here. 'The Book of Names; or Late at the Tate', a birthday poem for Peter Hughes, comes from the same sequence and may be read here.
Three more overdubs of the Sussex poems of Charlotte Smith have been published at Anthropocene:
I am pleased to say I have six poems published in BlazeVOX 19, edited by Geoffrey Gatza, four of them poems from ‘The English Strain’ project, versions of the Sussex sonneteer Charlotte Smith, called Elegaic Sonnets. You may get straight to the pages here:
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:
More of those ones here: https://mollybloom17.weebly.com/robert-sheppard.html
Some older ‘English Strain’ poems may be found here:
BOOK TWO: BAD IDEA
‘Bad Idea’ Poems may be read online: I’m pleased to say three poems from Bad Idea have now appeared in Monitor on Racism. Find the poems here. http://monitoracism.eu/from-bad-idea/
Four consecutive poems from Bad Idea (XLV-XLVIII) are published together in International Times. They read well with today’s outing. HERE
I write about them here:
5 poems from BAD IDEA here on The Abandoned Playground:
another six located from here:
You may read two poems HERE. http://internationaltimes.it/idea/
Two more poems from the sequence may be read HERE
BOOK THREE: BRITISH STANDARDS
Two poems have been published from ‘Poems of National Independence and Liberty’ here:
Read 'We had a female Passenger who came from Calais' as part of the 2020 'Talking to the Dead' feature on Stride here. I write about the poem and read it on video here.
A single poem, written for the WOW Festival 2020, from ‘British Standards’ may be read here: https://www.wowfest.uk/wowfest19/499-an-overdub-of-the-vanity-of-national-grandeur.html
An early poetics piece, ‘Poetic Sequencing and the New’, which laid the foundations for the structure of Twentieth Century Blues, appeared both in Far Language and in Complete Twentieth Century Blues and in Jacket magazine here.
Rattling the Bones (for Adrian Clarke), another poetics piece appears here: http://www.softblow.org/robertsheppard.html
A morphing essay, ‘The Necessity of Poetics’ is caught in one of its early forms on Pores. It was the beginning of my theorising about poetics as a speculative writerly discourse. I am an advocate for the way writers write about writing, a speculative discourse that is often misread as literary criticism or as autobiographical writing, but which is really a mode of quite distinct writing. Read ‘The Necessity of Poetics’ . There are other pieces on poetics that may be accessed via this hub-link: here.
A very brief poetics piece, from 2015, a 200 word version of 'The Formal Splinter' was published by Harvey Hux' poetics project here. It now appears in the volume, ed. HL Hix, Counterclaims: Poets and Poetries, Talking Back, McLean, IL/Dublin: Dalkey Archive Press, 2020
Read the 500 word version here.
My lyrical essay Pulse: All a Rhythm is as near as I’ll get to writing to a Treatise on Metre. Part of it appears here:
My Inaugural Lecture (2007), which might have easily been included in the category that follows, may be read in serial posts beginning here:
My review ‘Elsewhere and Everywhere, other new (British) poetries’ on Iain Sinclair, ed. Conductors of Chaos: A Poetry Anthology, Picador, 1996, and Maggie O'Sullivan ed. Out of Everywhere: linguistically innovative poetry by women in North America & the UK, Reality Street, 1996, may be found here. This review-article was first published in Critical Survey, Volume 10, Number 1, 1998, and was posted on Lynx not much later.
Far Language - chapter by chapter - may be read here:
The (original) 'Introduction': here.
'Reading Prynne and Others': here.
'Far Language' (MacSweeney) here.
'Irregular Actions' (Allen Fisher) here.
'Timeless Identities' (Roy Fisher) here.
'Utopia Revisited' (John Ash) here.
'Flashlight Propositions' (Robert Sheppard's 1987 poetics) here.
'Education of Desire' (pedadgogic poetics) here.
'Commitment to Openness' (Roy Fisher, Lee Harwood, Tom Raworth) here.
'Poetic Sequencing and the New: Twentieth Century Blues' (poetics) here.
'Buoyant Readings' (J.H. Prynne, Bruce Andrews, Ken Edwards, Aaron Williamson and Gilbert Adair) here.
'Collosal Fragments' (Adrian Clarke) here.
'Tune Me Gold' (Maggie O'Sullivan here.
'Linking the Unlinkable' (poetics of Twentieth Century Blues) here.
'Adhesive Hymns' (Ulli Freer) here.
'Bob Cobbing: Soundings and Sightings' here.
The thoughts around the critical apparatus for the introduction of The Poetry of Saying may be accessed here.
My series of postings on Pages under the title ‘The History of the Other’ was really a re-casting of the historical chapters of The Poetry of Saying and they are best accessed via Peter Philpott’s gathering of them as a set of links here, where each is summarised. The links to the pages are shown below. Link on and scroll until you find the item. But first the thoughts behind its introduction may be read
1. The British Poetry Revival
2. Children of Albion
3. The Seventies: What the Chairman Really Told Tom
4. The 1970s (Continued): Poetry of Place/Poetry of Autonomy
5. Linguistically Innovative Poetry and Small Rooms in London
6. Cambridge: Towards a Community of Risk
7. Performance Writing
8. Out of Everywhere: Be(com)ing a Woman Poet
9. Anthologies and Assemblages
Better links for the above are:
A brief introduction to my longer introduction to the 2015 edition of Cobbing's ABC in Sound may be read here.
My review ‘Where Treads of Death: Iain Sinclair : 'The Ebbing of the Kraft' appears here. It is an outtake of the research that resulted in Iain Sinclair, my study for Northcote House.
My review of Peter Barry’s Poetry Wars ‘Poets Behaving Badly’ was published on Jacket here. It led onto the first essay of When Bad Times which examines the social poetics of the Poetry Society’s forgotten ‘manifesto’.
Read ‘Poetics and the Manifesto’, a critical piece on the contrasting poetics of Pierre Joris and Adrian Clarke, answering the question, Can we contest a poetics?
All the thinking of The Meaning of Form may be accessed at the hub-post, one of the most accessed on my blog, HERE.
One outtake of that project on form was an article on Christopher Middleton that was published in The Wolf magazine, and may be read here.