Twitters for a Lark: Poetry of the European Union of Imaginary Authors (with Others), Bristol: Shearsman Books, 2017

Jason Argleton, Joanne Ashcroft, Alan Baker, James Byrne, Alys Conran, Kelvin Corcoran, Anamaria Crowe Serrano, Patricia Farrell, S.J. Fowler, Allen Fisher, Robert Hampson, Jeff Hilson, Tom Jenks, Frances Kruk, Rupert Loydell, Steve McCaffery, Eiríkur Örn Norðdah, Sandeep Parmar, Simon Perril, Jèssica Pujol i DuranRobert Sheppard, Zoë Skoulding, Damir Šodan, Phillip Terry, Scott Thurston, René Van Valckenborch

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Abstract

If the right poets for the times don’t exist, then they have to be invented. Working with this axiom, I co-created the works described above. While collaboration is a major mode of contemporary poesis, and these poems have been parts or wholes of at least 5 performances, this project is unique in collecting multi-authored collaborations under one concept. I was able also to combine working with both well-known and emergent writers of various poetical persuasions. It was a unique experiment in the creation of fictive ‘author-functions’ and exposes the fiction of ‘voice’ as a construct of careful artifice. 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 not.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherShearsman Books
Number of pages122
ISBN (Print)9781848615656
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2017

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    Argleton, J., Ashcroft, J., Baker, A., Byrne, J., Conran, A., Corcoran, K., Crowe Serrano, A., Farrell, P., Fowler, S. J., Fisher, A., Hampson, R., Hilson, J., Jenks, T., Kruk, F., Loydell, R., McCaffery, S., Örn Norðdah, E., Parmar, S., Perril, S., ... Van Valckenborch, R. (2017). Twitters for a Lark: Poetry of the European Union of Imaginary Authors (with Others), Bristol: Shearsman Books, 2017. Shearsman Books. https://www.shearsman.com/2017-titles