Andrew Taylor: Radio Mast Horizon

This collection, the author’s first full-length book, gathers poems written over the past decade. The poems, some gathered from previous pamphlets, are concerned with place, love, identity and mortality. Nature is never far away and neither are the watchful eyes of the cities of Liverpool and New York, their tidal rivers and connections.

Radio Mast Horizon travels well. Read it on the train, in a hotel room, at the bus stop sheltering from the rain. Andrew Taylor’s absorbing, tender poems see clearly. By turns playful and moving, tender and taut, they make absence tangible. A generous collection that still leaves you, in the best sense, hungry for more. —Cliff Yates

Andrew Taylor is a poet who engages with the world—in all its affects and aspects—and says what he sees with both compassion and wry wit. These poems have a linguistic clarity and invention and observational flair which open us, his readers, into a series of vital encounters with the here and now. Taylor shows us where we live too. —Patricia Farrell

With a voice fresh and responsive, these poems’ chiselled lyricism is firmly located in terms of time and space (and often place). They speak to us from those locations, about love, about absence, about abundance. Their moods shift from the elegiac to the ecstatic and we move with them as we read. Everything is in them, it seems. Including us. At last Taylor’s impressive oeuvre is amassed for the audience it deserves: that’s us too. —Robert Sheppard.

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Shearsman reading

The first event in Shearsman’s 2013 Reading Series takes place on Wednesday, 9 January at 7:30 pm, and features 3 poets from the USA:

  • Melissa Buckheit
  • Maxine Chernoff
  • Jaime Robles

The venue is Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH. More details at the Shearsman site.

Shearsman Reading: Laurie Duggan & Paul A. Green

Laurie Duggan & Paul A. Green will be officially launching their new Shearsman titles: The Pursuit of Happiness and The Gestaltbunker, respectively. Also being launched on the evening is The Complete Poems of César Vallejo, translated by Michael Smith & Valentino Gianuzzi. There will be a short reading by Valentino Gianuzzi and Tony Frazer from the volume. Click on the covers for more information.

The reading venue is:
Swedenborg Hall
Swedenborg House
20/21 Bloomsbury Way
London WC1A 2TH

Admission free.

The entrance is around the corner on Barter Street. Closest Tube Stations: Holborn (Central & Piccadilly Lines : 4 mins’ walk), Tottenham Court Road (Central & Northern Lines: 6 mins), Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line: 10 mins). Several buses stop a few yards from the Hall. There is an underground carpark close by, beneath Bloomsbury Square. Disabled access is available, but please let us know in advance if it should be required.

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Nathan Thompson: The Visitor’s Guest

“Who is looking at, listening to and leaning on whom? And what is left of looking, listening and leaning in what is ironically referred to as the post ultimate glade? Thompson, with understated assertiveness, doesn’t answer these questions, but the poems in The Visitor’s Guest changed the way I had to walk around the block this morning. Thompson’s writing opens up a space with which I’m half familiar—perhaps it’s the sense of honesty which underlies his slanted lyrical stance— but which continues to surprise. Many of these poems engage with ‘love’, as a perception, as a verb, but to say so underestimates them. Visceral, tangential, with a genuine sense of belief / refusal to believe. You might think that you’ve arrived but, most of all, how interesting it is trying to get there.” —Lucy Burnett

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Tony Lopez: False Memory 2nd edition published by Shearsman

Tony Lopez’s landmark collection False Memory has been made into a second edition with a new introduction by Robert Hampson.

“[…] by far my favourite individual volume of poetry this year    [was] Tony Lopez’s False Memory, a series of sonnet sequences collaging    and remixing the white noise of 1990s Britain into a disorienting, sometimes    hilarious, often sinister, and always satirical challenge.” —Robert Potts, The Guardian, 6 December 2003.


Shearsman Reading – Tony Lopez & Peter Robinson

The first reading in Shearsman’s 2012 series takes place on Thursday 6 February at 6:00pm for 6:30, and features Tony Lopez & Peter Robinson, who will be officially launching their new Shearsman titles: Only More So and The Returning Sky.

The reading venue is: University of Notre Dame in London, 1 Suffolk Street,
London, SW1Y 4HG (Just around the corner from the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square).

Admission free. but RSVP required as space limited. More details at the Shearsman site.

Scott Thurston:Talking Poetics— Dialogues in Innovative Poetry

This is a book of full-length interviews with the poets Karen Mac Cormack, Jennifer Moxley, Caroline Bergvall and Andrea Brady carried out between 2008 and 2009 in the UK and USA by Scott Thurston. During the course of these conversations, the poets explore a huge range of topics likely to interest anyone concerned with the state of innovative poetry today. Each interview considers the complete oeuvre of each writer and includes detailed engagements with selected texts as well as unfolding themes such as the role of innovation, the politics of poetry and reflections on lyric and autobiography. Each interview is footnoted and there is an extensive bibliography. Out now on Shearsman.

Shearsman’s 2011 Reading Series

Tuesday, 4 October at 7:30 pm, featuring Linda Black and Ian Seed. Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH. Admission is free.

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Robert Sheppard launches

Launch of Berlin Bursts (poems) and When Bad Times Made for Good Poetry (criticism).

Tuesday 7 June 2011, 7:30 pm.

Shared event with D.S. Marriott, who is launching The Bloods.

Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH.
The entrance is through the portico on the right of the building. There is no admission fee. Hosted by Tony Frazer, publisher of Shearsman Books.


The Ground Aslant

“Over the past 40 years or so, British poets have been remaking the pastoral. It has been a violent business. What Raymond Williams once severely called the old “enamelled world” of pastoral poetry has been worked over, its certainties cracked and shattered. Long gone are those shepherds and shepherdesses idly enacting class hierarchies. Toxins have seeped into Arcadia; “nature” is a mess of our own manufacture. Out of the static conservatisms of an ancient form has come a series of countervailing modes: the anti-pastoral, the counter-pastoral, the radical pastoral, the post-pastoral.”

The Ground Aslant, a new Shearsman anthology edited by Other Room reader Harriet Tarlo and featuring Other Room readers Zoë Skoulding and Carol Watts, reviewed in The Guardian, here.

Scott Thurston’s Internal Rhyme now archived at PENN Sound

Occassional Readings, Furzeacres on Dartmoor in Devon, UK, July 4, 2010

In this performance Scott Thurston reads the entirety of his book Internal Rhyme (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2010). Divided into four sections, the book comprises a sequence of eighty poems in total, each constructed in four four-line stanzas which can be read in a vertical as well as in a horizontal direction. For this performance, Thurston experimented with reading two of the book’s sections in both directions. Taking the poems in groups of five, he used two approaches: firstly, reading all five in one direction and then returning to read the same five in the other direction and, secondly, reading each poem in one direction immediately followed by the other direction.

Internal Rhyme develops Thurston’s preoccupation with time and process as compositional elements, as seen in his previous book for Shearman, 2008’s Momentum. The subjects and themes are diverse and include poems responding to Blake, Klimt and Twombly alongside refigurings of the theoretical works of Alain Badiou.


Two new books by Robert Sheppard

Two new books by Robert Sheppard from Shearsman


These new poems feature territories as dispersed as Sheppard’s local Capital of Culture and the global city of division and political murder of the title poem. Yet a series of metapoems brings agency and wonder to the idea of the poem, always seeing the world as well as itself, in perceptual double-takes that tease away at the meaning of the poetic act
At the centre of the collection is ‘Six Poems Against Death’ whose lyric imperative hovers before the portals of the unknown to embrace human unfinish as the condition of our survival.

Ian Davidson in Poetry Wales called Sheppard’s Complete Twentieth Century Blues ‘a major poem of serious intent’; Alan Baker in Litter called Warrant Error ‘political poetry of the first order’, and John Muckle wrote of ‘this brilliant, disquieting book.’

“Robert Sheppard . . . composed a few words around Liverpool’s status as City of Culture. ‘Their shit’s verdure but that’s OK/ This isn’t a nature poem.’ Sheppard’s near twenty-year epic, Complete Twentieth Century Blues, outweighed the Ringo returns, the showbiz art: he cooked slow and long, with tangy sauces and bits that break the teeth. The city
averted its eyes . . . As if it were the poet’s fault that we want our meat pre-chewed.” -Iain Sinclair

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This study presents an episodic history of an epic period in British poetry, when bad times forced political subversion and textual impaction upon its central figures and provisional institutions. Episodes cover the Poetry Wars of the 1970s; the centrality of Bob Cobbing as poetry activist and the SubVoicive poetry scene in 1980s London; he also writes individual chapters on the poetry and poetics of Allen Fisher, Tom Raworth, Iain Sinclair, John Hall, Ken Edwards, and Maggie O’Sullivan.

“A landmark study.” -Benjamin Keatinge reviewing The Poetry of Saying in The European English Messenger

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Adrian Clarke: Eurochants review by David Kennedy

Adrian Clarke’s most recent book with Shearsman gets a review from David Kennedy:

“The more you know about poetry, the more poetry becomes a matter of echoes and hauntings. Eliot dedicated ‘The Waste Land’ to Pound with the words il miglior fabbro, the same designation that Dante had given to the troubadour poet Arnaut Daniel. Larkin’s ‘postal districts packed like squares of wheat’ triggers a memory of Auden’s ‘The crowds upon the pavement / Were fields of harvest wheat’. George Herbert’s ‘Is there in truth no beauty?’ becomes a kind of backbeat at the end of Keats’s ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’. This sort of poetic relationship is at the heart of Adrian Clarke’s new book which, in the words of the blurb, tests ‘some possibilities and limits of cultural and linguistic exchange’. Eurochants gathers translations of Max Jacob; improvisations on Chinese love poems, Persius, Tacitus and Villon; and other recent work in Clarke’s characteristic short-lined, phrasal style. Daniel and Dante are in there too.”

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