Convergences: Robert Sheppard's Early Poetry and English traditions

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The chapter explores the indigenous roots of Sheppard's early poetry . It shows the importance of poets such as Lee Harwood, Roy Fisher, Bob Cobbing and Allen Fisher, in particular, to the development of Sheppard's poetry and poetics through the 1980s. The chapter concludes with the 1993 publication of Transit Depots / Empty Diaries with its alternation of texts by Sheppard and John Seed. This publication marked a convergence of two English poetry traditions - and another turning point in Sheppard's poetry and poetics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Robert Sheppard Companion
EditorsJames Byrne, Christopher Madden
Place of PublicationBristol
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)978-1-84861-625-7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019


  • Robert Sheppard
  • Lee Harwood
  • Contemporary poetry
  • John Seed
  • Bob Cobbing
  • Roy Fisher
  • Allen Fisher
  • poetics
  • collaboration
  • linguistically innovative poetry
  • politics of form
  • discontinuity
  • defamiliarisation
  • interfering narratives
  • impacted syntax
  • chance procedures

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