History or Sleep - Selected Poems

History or Sleep - Selected Poems

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Robert Sheppard's selection draws on every book of his poetry since Returns (1985) through to Words Out of Time (2015), and is designed to sample both the recurring and developing themes of his work and their restlessly changing forms. Ian Davidson in Poetry Wales called Sheppard's Complete Twentieth Century Blues 'a major poem of serious intent'. Of his recent Shearsman collections, Alan Baker in Litter called Warrant Error, 'political poetry of the first order'; Ben Hickman, in PN Review, wrote 'Berlin Bursts perhaps makes one of the biggest claims for the inherent politics of language and art in recent British poetry.' A Translated Man, a sequence of 'fictional poems', was described by Tom Jenks in Tears in the Fence, as 'a compendious work, a vademecum for innovative writing' and as 'a book which, whilst in keeping stylistically and thematically with Sheppard's other work, exhibits a degree of playfulness not always so obvious there...It is, above all, a deeply pleasurable work.' Kelvin Corcoran wrote about Words Out of Time: 'There you are characteristically free of flash or reserve and it increases the sum of what can be written about, I think. And it's funny.'show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 9mm | 225g
  • Shearsman Books
  • Exeter, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1848613989
  • 9781848613980

Table of contents

Round MidnightOne for William Carlos WilliamsReturnsStrategies Twin Poemfrom The Hungry Years: an Unwritingfrom MesopotamiaThe Materialisation of Soap 1947Looking North 2Internal ExileLiving DaylightsComing Down from St George's HillHis Furious SkipThree Poems by Wayne Pratt: from The Penguin Book of British Parrots The Magnetic Letter Melting Bordersfrom Smokestack Lightningfrom Killing BoxesFucking Timefrom Empty Diaries 1901-1990from The LoresHistory or SleepThree Hundred Word Sonnetsfrom The Lores, Book 8from Entries: Empty Diary 1996Small Voice 1The Push Up Combat Bikini: Empty Diary 2000A Voice WithoutOnly the Eyes are LeftParody and Pastoralfrom Reading The ReaderNational Security, Huyton 1940Three Figures ClimbErotic ElegyPrison Camp Violin, Rigafrom Berlin Burstsfrom Warrant ErrorFour Poems Against DeathAnother PoemYet Another PoemAs Yet Untitled PoemThe Given, part onefrom ArrivalStanding byFictional Poems from A Translated Man : from The Masks from The Light from EUOIAshow more

About Robert Sheppard

Robert Sheppard was born in 1955, lives in Liverpool and is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Edge Hill University.show more