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Don't Miss The Thirteen Nocturnes by Oliver Sheppard Book Tour | Silver Dagger Tours Presents Gothic Dark Poetry

Thirteen Nocturnes by Oliver Sheppard (gothic dark poetry) is on virtual book tour and stops at Readeropolis with an excerpt.  Be...



Thirteen Nocturnes by Oliver Sheppard (gothic dark poetry) is on virtual book tour and stops at Readeropolis with an excerpt. 

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $50 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).




NOCTURNE  No. 13




               And so of larger - Darknesses -

               Those Evenings of the Brain
                                     DICKINSON

Darkness comes—the day does depart—
But darker still, the human heart.

Dark are night’s spaces,
Which we’ve peopled aptly:
Vampires, werewolves, witches, and ghouls.
In lightless places
The credulous raptly
Listen to fairy tales, trembling as fools.

So darkness deludes us; we’ve all played a part.

But darkest of all is the human heart.

Shadows of nation-state, shadows of blood—

Projections of fancy and causes of war.

Blaming the devil and his evil brood

Exonerates him who’s the war-machine’s whore.

Darkness finds power when daytime departs,
But darker environs are in human hearts.

Evil may be afoot on the earth—
And who is not guilty? Who stands apart?
Satan is blamed, for what it is worth;
Yet darkest of devils is the human heart.

Dark and cruel, the devil’s art—
Darker still, the human heart.




Thirteen Nocturnes
by Oliver Sheppard
Genre: Gothic, Dark Poetry


Combining lush Gothic lyricism with postmodern experimentation, Oliver Sheppard's second collection of verse, Thirteen Nocturnes, presents a nightmare vision of a world in the grip of apocalypse and shadow--a world where "a nighttime of years never-ending" becomes "a darkness severe and unbending," and where life is relentlessly "gathered up against the towering shadow of decay." Taking cues from the dark Romanticism of Poe, the decadent Symbolism of Baudelaire, and the apocalyptic tradition of William Blake--as well as the existential doominess of 20th century cosmic horror--Oliver Sheppard's Thirteen Nocturnes presents a verse vision of collapse, announcing a cold poetics of disintegration in the new dark age of the Anthropocene. 


"Reading Sheppard's poetry is a little like listening to a conversation between Nietzsche and William Blake during a showing of Peckinpah's Cross of Iron. Using a wide range of forms and cultural references, Sheppard illustrates the human condition in ways that take as much account of its absence as its presence... Given the chance, Sheppard will lead you down dark and unfamiliar paths, to moments of weird beauty." --from the foreword by John Foster









Oliver Sheppard was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and lives in Texas. Critical reviews of his poetry collections have been kind: "Like listening to a conversation between Nietzsche and William Blake while watching Peckinpah's 'Cross of Iron'," reviews of his first book, Destruction: Text I, claimed. Garnering accolades from academia and punk zines alike, Sheppard's work takes cues from the cosmic fatalism of Lovecraft and Thomas Ligotti, and combines that with the lush, Gothic lyricism of the Dark Romanticist tradition.


"Sheppard's THIRTEEN NOCTURNES is gothic in every sense of the word; from the writing style, the themes, to Oliver's own influences. Without a doubt, this bountiful collection raises the bar for contemporary gothic poetry. It's rare in this day and age to find poetry written in a manner as sophisticated and profound as this. But here, Sheppard combines a down-to-earth modernism with older styles that make for a fanciful and unique experience for the reader."--Sar Blackthorn, CVLT Nation







Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, teasers and a giveaway!




3 comments

  1. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Tuesday, Jan. 08, 2019 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader: https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/

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  2. I really love this cover. This book sounds like a great read

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