Empty diaries

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Stride, 1998 - Poetry - 62 pages
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Poetry. ...a glorious and energetic flow of cut-up shifting perspectives. Thoroughly different, thoroughly enjoyable--Bypass. EMPTY DIARIES is an important part of Sheppard's long project TWENTIETH CENTURY BLUES. It provides an alternative history of the century, largely through the device of a succession of female narrators, each of whom knows she is narrated by a man. Robert Sheppard's essays and articles have appeared in the TLS, New Statesman and other journals. He is currently Senior Lecturer in English and Writing Studies at Edge Hill University College in Lancashire, England.

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About the author (1998)

Robert Sheppard was born in 1955 and educated at the University of East Anglia. Between 1989 and 2000 he worked on the network of texts called Twentieth Century Blues. Previous excerpts from the project include Empty Diaries (1998) and The Lores (2003). A recent volume is Hymns to the God in which my Typewriter Believes (2006), and a sonnet sequence, Warrant Error, is due for publication by Shearsman in 2009. His work is anthologised in Other and the Oxford Anthology of British and Irish Poetry, in which he is described as 'at the forefront of (the) movement sometimes called linguistically innovative poetry'. He is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Edge Hill University in Lancashire in the UK, and has also published criticism and poetics, including The Poetry of Saying (2005) and Iain Sinclair (2007). He edits Pages as a blogzine and lives in Liverpool.

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