What I've added are those of my own poems I had placed on the site previously, but, for various reasons, removed for Issue 17, and likewise the personal homepage. What is new, though, is the complete set of links to the long text In the Dirt of the Post-Lyric: A Collaborative Cycle by Robert Blake, Connie Beauchamp, Gerri Dixon, Simon Gregory, Mark Hall, Erwin Hass, Tina Hyett, Emma Liukunas, Mikaela Moriarty, Peter Philpott, Bradley Tabor & Spencer Termott. This is a sequence of poems written from the Winter Solstice 2006 through to Twelfth Night 2008, and by a variety of persons. The whole set of contributions is now hosted on Calaméo. The Great Works page provides some explanation and the links to the various contributions to the text. I'd like to thank for their support and assistance Tina Hyett and Emme Liukunas — bless them both! — & Jow Lindsay for hosting the soundfile of The Matching Tye Set reading.
No more unsolicited contributions please to Great Works! There will be continuing updating of the sister-site modernpoetry.org.uk and occasional updating to the mighty Links page. Great Works will also remain open to new work, especially those difficult to place large lumps and serial dribbles, from a number of specific poets. Details of postings will be announced on the You Must Write As If Your Life Depended On It blog. I still have also what are at present largely fantasies about making material on Great Works available in ebook form, and am exploring making material on both sites more accessible on mobile devices (and thence maybe actual "native apps"). Again, look to the blog for any developments on this.
The project of Great Works is that of publishing innovative poetry in modernist/postmodernist modes. This is is a site for innovative writing: modernist, postmodernist, archaic. It proclaims the need to let a thousand flowers bloom, and rejects any single definition of what writing is. It welcomes alternative poetries and other writing. It proudly offers no retrieval of coherence at a higher interpretative level.
modernpoetry.org.uk contains background information on contemporary British avant-garde poetry. "Best UK poetry site I've yet seen" says Ron Silliman. New Readers Start Here is a good starting point. This give a little background and a lot of links to help anyone interested in making sense of the avant-garde British writing which features heavily on this site. See the side panel for links to this site and what it contains, including a page listing Readings etc in London.
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Issue 17.1 — November 4, 2011 — Peter Philpott top