School of Forgery
(Salt, 2012) • Poetry Book Society Recommendation
School of Forgery is handily divided into two sections: Originals and Fakes. It’s possible, however, that there might have been some cross-contamination between the two. One or more of the translations of classical and contemporary Japanese poets in the Fakes section may, in fact, be made up. Some lines from the autobiography of Harpo Marx could somehow have found their way into the tale of the bandit Goemon. There are rumours that the liars, hoaxers and plagiarists who are both subject matter and tour guides in the first part have infiltrated the ranks of the dashing heroes and agents of the second. Some of these poems even steal, shamelessly, from each other.
Innocent believers in literary authenticity are advised to take especial care. This work may be, in its entirety, nothing more than a fabrication.
extracts: What Robots Murmur Through Broken Sleep, a collage of dialogue from Naoki Urasawa's Pluto, published on Poetry International; Mustard, republished as part of Meat & Mustard, a digital play-through poem; Adcock Modulations, published on Qarrtsiluni; audio version of two poems from the Tatsunoko sequence, recorded for Selected Poems.
related: Death Daydream Season is published in full in this book, in black and white. Three poems from Scarecrows are also re-published.