Robert Sheppard (ed) - Twitters for a Lark


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Robert Sheppard (ed) - Twitters for a Lark

Paperback, 9 x 6 ins, ISBN 978-1-84861-565-6, £9.95
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If the right poets for the times don’t exist, then they have to be invented. Working in collaboration with a team of real writers, Robert Sheppard has created a lively and entertaining anthology of fictional European poets. There is no resultant ‘Europoem’, but a variety of styles that reflects the collaborative nature of the poems’ production, the richness of a continent. The works range from the comedic to the political, from the imaginatively sincere to the faux-autobiographical, from traditional lyricism to the experimental. Accompanied by biographical notes, the poets grow in vividness until they seem to possess lives of their own.
    This collection marks a continuation of the work Sheppard ventriloquised through his creation, the fictional bilingual Belgian poet René Van Valckenborch, in A Translated
Man. Although devised before the neologism ‘Brexit’ was spat across the bitter political
divide, this sample of 28 poets of the EUOIA (European Union of Imaginary Authors)
takes on new meanings in our contemporary world that is far from fictive, ‘fake news’ or
Twitters for a Lark heralds a new movement: the European Poetry Revival. It is a book
that arrives like a new channel forged by collaborative poets, with all past ideals of state rolled up in an old five pound note.  is illuminated sect of future Rimbauds lightens the island’s burden, the lights on their vessels burning like the tips of duty free cigarettes.”
—Chris McCabe 
On A Translated Man :
“Urgent, melancholy, whimsical, hard-bitten, the voice of Sheppard/Van Valckenborch is
also a force of rackety elegance which revels in the production of richly imaged often surreal phrase-extravaganzas… is is a dazzling addition to Sheppard’s oeuvre, witty, poignant, and endlessly entertaining.” —Lyndon Davies, Poetry Wales
“On this evidence, Robert Sheppard is now as Belgian as moules-frites and Herman Van
Rompuy.” —Tom Jenks, Tears in the Fence

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