Lila Matsumoto

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A first collection by Lila Matsumoto, published by Shearsman, is touring near you very soon. All events are free –

❉ LONDON
Tuesday 13th February, 7.30pm
Reading with Ian Seed
Swedenborg Hall, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH
Map here
❉  EDINBURGH
Monday 19th February, 7pm
Reading with Colin Herd
Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Summerhall, Summerhall Place, Edinburgh EH9 1PL
Map here
❉ NOTTINGHAM
Thursday 1st March, 7pm
Reading with Vicky Sparrow
Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH
Map here

Twitters for a Lark

If the right poets for the times don’t exist, then they have to be invented.

Twitters for a Lark: The Poetry of the European Union of Imaginary Authors

 is published by Shearsman Books at £9.99 and in available here:

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 (also available from Shearsman here: http://www.shearsman.com/ws-shop/product/4328-robert-sheppard-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 not.

The collaborators are: Joanne Ashcroft, Alan Baker, James Byrne, Alys Conran, Kelvin Corcoran, Anamaría Crowe Serrano, Patricia Farrell, Allen Fisher, S. J. Fowler, Robert Hampson, Jeff Hilson, Tom Jenks, Frances Kruk, Rupert Loydell, Steve McCaffery, Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl, Sandeep Parmar, Simon Perril, Jèssica Pujol i Duran, Zoë Skoulding, Damir Šodan, Philip Terry, Scott Thurston.

“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. This 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

 

Andrew Taylor: March

Building on his debut collection Radio Mast Horizon (Shearsman Books, 2013) Andrew Taylor takes the reader on a journey through landscapes and places such as the Welsh hills, the West Coast Mainline and the north docks of Liverpool.

Travel is a recurring theme throughout these poems, alongside music and the seasons and the shifts they bring. From having coffee in quiet city-centre cafés to travelling around complete rail networks, Taylor invites the reader into a world that is both personal and universal. Out now on Shearsman.

The book will be launched on 28th September at Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham, with readings also by Rory Waterman and Kathryn Daskiewicz. Details of that here.

Robert Vas Dias – Black Book launch

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You’re invited to the launch on Wednesday 19 October at 7.00 pm of Black Book: An Assemblage of the Fragmentary (Shearsman Books), by Robert Vas Dias, in collaboration with the artist Julia Farrer, to take place at St. James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL. Author and artist will be present to sign copies of the book, and refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Black Book is the first major collaboration between a poet and artist reacting to the worst humanitarian crisis of our times since the second world war. This stunningly produced book “confronts us with what has become our common world since the initiation of the ‘war on terror’… and is as up-to-date as this morning’s news,” writes Robert Hampson.

Mel Gooding writes: “Vas Dias is an experimental poet whose language is always simple and direct, who does not beat around the bush, except to flush out a startling truth, transform the familiar to a strangeness. Farrer is an artist for whom the abstract is a means to the controlled expression of the deepest and most sharp feelings, to a refinement of poignancy, a stoic poise.”

And the Revd. Lucy Winkett: “Listen to this black book bringing cruel comfort to a world as it is.

And still dreaming of how it could be.”