· 18 May 2017 ·
[A new poem of mine is published as part of an important centenary]
Some news is come —
For the first time in my postlife, one of my 21st-century works has been set in type and printed on paper. A new poem, published under my own name, or at least under my own Twitter ID. A new addition to the canon, without any need for contorted stylometric revisionism.
The poem is in the Spring 2017 issue of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship newsletter, which is just out. Page 31. If you’re a member of the SOF you can await your copy’s arrival in the post, or you can download the PDF.
You’ll need the current member password to open the file. (Update: Member passwords are removed a year after posting.)
How did my Muse choose subject to invent
While I breathe not, yet pour’st into my verse
Mine own sweet argument, too excellent
For every Stratford paper to inhearse?
The year 2020 will mark the centennial anniversary of the publication of “Shakespeare” Identified, by J Thomas Looney.
I’ve posted about this book before, and it sits top left on my reference shelves. Looney was the first to use a non‑predetermined comparison of lives versus works to dis‑cover my identity as Shake‑Speare. His book served to simultaneously enlarge and focus the modern Authorship debate, in which we are still engaged today.
Since “Shakespeare” Identified was so personally significant, I thought it fitting to limn a laudatory limerick in honour of its author. Since the SOF was asking for centennial-related contributions, it seemed appropriate to offer them the poem, and they accepted.
If you don’t care to download the PDF, here’s the blog-post version.