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Now available! Great Works Editions' first publication this Millennium — Peter Philpott, Wound Scar Memories

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And what's new, then? I have revived Great Works Editions to publish a recent text of mine: Wound Scar Memories. Written August 31, 2015–June 20, 2016, it consists of three sequences of 17 sonnetty type things, starting off from matching the glorious Atkins and Hughes versions of Petrarch to the ur-scene of sonnetty action, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, one hot summer day, and ending up irretrievably lost in interminable prose about the contemporary political implications of the Dark Ages. Can you resist? Three poems and a couple of prose paragraphs online just here! A lot more about Wound Scar Memories available just there. Book available, in theory, I hope from all good booksellers, or from the blessed lulu.com, but I'd rather you bought it from me via PayPal at £6 + £1.22 postage:

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And there is more!

1837 engraving of a Danish warriorThe text written subsequent to that book will be available in your mailbox as a series of pdf downloads through the year until after next summer solstice. Telling the Beads: A Spiritual Year Book for Our Times was inspired by Brecht's Die Hauspostille. This was his beautiful and savage appropriation and transformation in the 1920s of a German tradition (both Catholic and Lutheran) of a book of homilies for home readings and devotions. There's all sorts of stuff in it, including the Mahagonny Songs. The only version in print is Eric Bentley's translation for Grove (1966), as Manual of Piety. I've tied in my text more than Brecht did to the notion of an annual cycle, by using (yes, still stuck in the Dark Ages), Bede's account of the Anglo-Saxon calendar in De temporum ratione. Bede's statements about Old English paganism are sometimes queried, as they don't fit very well with all the Woden and Thor Warrior!!! stuff. I'm with Bill Griffiths, that all that crap was just upper-class ideology to keep structures of power strong and stable. What the population actually followed in their daily lives would have been different. You can explore my very incorrect and anomalous version of this — but the cakes and the goddesses are all from the Venerable One! so mock not too much — starting in July, if you email me at peter@greatworks.org.uk, or any other email address of mine, or FaceBook me. And more on Telling the Beads here.

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Amos Weisz, Worksongs

Great Works is emphasising the writings and translations of Amos Weisz (1962–2008) to help publicise the publication of his selected poems, Worksongs, launched in London on November 4, at Iklectik Art Lab, near Waterloo. There were some memories of Amos Weisz, by people who knew him, some accounts of and responses to his writing, and of course reading of his poems, in the presence of his daughters, Shula Weisz Quinn and Éadaoin Quinn. Ian Fairley, Worksongs' editor, very successfully created a moving and positive event, a model of how to commemorate and bring attention to a writer such as Amos, published only posthumously. We celebrated together a proud and intense poetic voice, that catastrophically silenced itself. You will find information on Amos Weisz on the Amos Weisz page of Great Works, and links to all the writing by him on the website on the Texts page, including all the texts added in the run up to the book launch. The FaceBook page Amos Weisz, Worksongs Launch Event has photos taken at the evening. Don't forget you can buy Worksongs! It is available via Waterstones Marketplace, or from this site using PayPal, at £12 including p&p:

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