'I can't write what I don't remember' writes Robert
Sheppard in this intriguing four-part pamphlet, but of course he can and
does, questioning as he does so our ideas of biography, self and personal
Through processes such as listing, alphabeticizing, selecting, collaboration
and deletion/exclusion, Sheppard creates a vivid sense of his poetic and
personal journey toward today.
Here are small events and reported asides, half-remembered or imagined
conversations with poets and musicians; all set in a wider, more general
On one level this is one of the most accessible and readable works Sheppard
has produced; it's also one of the strangest in its quiet subversions and
playfulness, its self-questioning and self-awareness. Take nothing as given:
'this is where the future begins.'