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School of Forgery,

Jon Stone

School of Forgery, Jon Stone


Publication Date: 15-Apr-12 | ISBN: 9781844717453 | Trim Size: 198 x 129 mm | Extent: 96pp | Format: Hardback

UK & International Distribution: Macmillan Distribution | Publishing Status: Out of printShop online at HiveFind your local bookshop




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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Originals; Near Extremes 1; The Mark; And why do you want to work for the Secret Service?; Tongue; Torn Page from a Chapter on Ray Guns; Dojinshiworld; Cloud Swifts; Near Extremes 2; Goemon at 50 degrees; Mustard; Father Popieluszko; Send in the Mink; Chimney Swifts; Near Extremes 3; The Procedure; Nell Gwynn Poses for Lely; Mimic Octopus; Nosejobs; Jake Root; Beach Swifts; Near Extremes 4; Icicle; A Chest of Letters; The School of Forgery; Boy; They Never See Themselves ; Coffee Swifts; The Year Long Dress Rehearsal; Fakes; Tatsunoko; Far Dancing and . . .; What Robots Murmur Through Broken Sleep; Snowbeasts; The Laughing Body; Second-Hand Kite Feathers; The Not-Who-They-Say-They-Are Sonnets; 7-Kyoku; Adcock Modulations (Symbolic, Fantastic, Historic, Personal); Death Daydream Season; All Year Dress Rehearsing; Notes & Admissions


“Jon Stone writes angry, beautiful poems which access parts of your mind you didn’t know you had.” —Luke Kennard



“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.” —Marcia Menter Sphinx



Jon StoneJon 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.

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