Limerick 3: Back In Black & White

· 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 into 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 download the PDF. You’ll need the current member password to open the file. If you’re not a member, keep reading.

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. It then seemed appropriate to offer the poem to the SOF (thank you again Michael Delahoyde), and they accepted.

If you want to see the poem in print you’ll have to join the SOF and get a copy of the newsletter, but here’s the blog-post version.