Publication Date: 15-Apr-12 | ISBN: 9781844717453 | Trim Size: 198 x 129 mm | Extent: 96pp | Format: Hardback
UK & International Distribution: | Publishing Status: Out of print
PBS Recommandation. The school of forgery is a singular institution, whose principal teachings concern the volatile relationship between fakery and invention. Both you and I are its alumni, and so is the bandit boiled alive in a cauldron of oil. So are the perpetrators of hoaxes, the writers of pornographic d?jinshi, counterfeiters in love with their teachers and teens who dress up as birds to fight tyranny. Its professors proliferate. Its graduates excel in every field. Its campus is the world.
This book, part prospectus and part fanzine, is made from stolen or borrowed parts – centos and collages, half-rhymes and homophonics, translations and travesties. Equally inspired by manga luminaries like Naoki Urasawa, animation and adventure stories as it is by earlier poets, the natural world and human history, School of Forgery postulates the poem as knock-off, as reclaimed scrap, and most of all as through-and-through fabrication.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Near Extremes 1
And why do you want to work for the Secret Service?
Torn Page from a Chapter on Ray Guns
Near Extremes 2
Goemon at 50 degrees
Send in the Mink
Near Extremes 3
Nell Gwynn Poses for Lely
Near Extremes 4
A Chest of Letters
The School of Forgery
They Never See Themselves
The Year Long Dress Rehearsal
Far Dancing and . . .
What Robots Murmur Through Broken Sleep
The Laughing Body
Second-Hand Kite Feathers
The Not-Who-They-Say-They-Are Sonnets
Adcock Modulations (Symbolic, Fantastic, Historic, Personal)
Death Daydream Season
All Year Dress Rehearsing
Notes & Admissions
PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK
Jon Stone writes angry, beautiful poems which access parts of your mind you didn’t know you had.
PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS
A poetic style that swaggers through a number of different personae and time periods.
” —Poetry London
Stone is well-read, keen of ear and a very, very fine technician, but what wins me over is his divine crankiness.
” — Sphinx
Jon Stone was born in Derby and currently lives in Whitechapel. He's the co-creator of pocket poetry journal Fuselit and micro-anthology publishers Sidekick Books. He was highly commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009, the same month his debut pamphlet, Scarecrows (Happenstance), was released.