• Absences

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester (Long Poem Magazine, 2015-05-31)
      Poem sequence, consisting of thirteen sections.
    • The Commitment to Truth in the Early Resistance Short Fiction of Beppe Fenoglio

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester (Italica, 2017-11-30)
      This essay considers the Resistance short stories in Beppe Fenoglio’s collection I ventitre giorni della città di Alba, published in 1952. Setting these stories within the historical and culture context of post-war Italy, it investigates their author’s commitment to expressing the “truth” of the experience of the Resistance through fiction. It argues that Fenoglio goes further than his neorealist contemporaries in attempting to do so in the manner in which he depicts a civil war rather than a war of liberation, and in his unsparingly harsh description of certain aspects of partisan behavior. The essay examines the relationship between Fenoglio’s life and his fiction, putting the case that we should draw clear distinctions between the two, without detracting from the truth of the latter. In conclusion, it draws comparsions between the early stories and Fenoglio’s later novel, Il partigiano Johnny, where the author was able to capture the heroic qualties of the Resistance alongside his depiction of all its contradictory aspects.
    • Distances

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester (Red Ceilings Press, 2018-06-15)
      A chapbook of flash fiction.
    • Fidelities

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester (Red Ceilings Press, 2015-11-01)
      Poetry pamphlet
    • From 'Identity Papers'

      Seed, Ian (Shearsman, 2016-02-19)
      Excerpt form a series of interrelated prose poems. Six prose poems: 'Discovery', Ramblers', 'Guest', 'Leak', 'Offer', 'Being True'.
    • Glass touches

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester (Stride magazine, 2015-05-31)
    • Identity Papers

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester (Shearsman Books, 2016-02-19)
      The prose poems in Identity Papers seek to construct a living bridge between the self and its shadow, between the self and other, and between present and past. They do so with a vulnerable faith, working with Heidegger's dictum that all things must be allowed their time in darkness. Along the way, their narrators meet a series of disturbing, irresistible strangers. Identity Papers follows on from Makers of Empty Dreams (Shearsman, 2014). It is the second volume in a trilogy of prose poem collections.
    • Italian Lessons

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester (The Fortnightly Review, 2015-09-01)
      Short Story
    • Makers of Empty Dreams

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester (Shearsman Books, 2014-05-15)
      With a sparse, haunting, often playful lyricism, the makers of empty dreams emerge like figures in the reels of an old, almost abandoned film. Their stories, often set in different countries which we may or may not know, tell of loss and estrangement, of betrayal and reconciliation, and of a search for the possibilities of renewal along the way.
    • Makers of Empty Dreams

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester (Shearsman, 2014-05-09)
      Collection of prose poems
    • The Moral Realism of Beppe Fenoglio's Appunti Partigiani

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester (Italica, 2015-12-15)
      Abstract: This essay conducts a reappraisal of Beppe Fenoglio’s Appunti partigiani, a work which has been unjustly neglected. It discusses the relationship of the Appunti to neorealist memorialistica and to Fenoglio’s later fiction such as Il partigiano Johnny, in terms of attitudes to the Resistance, literary technique, and the aesthetic of remaining true to experience without embellishment. The essay demonstrates how Appunti partigiani raises profound moral questions in its depiction of civil war, for example in the story of the execution of a spy, yet without necessarily condemning the Resistance itself. Finally, the essay examines the role of the narrator/protagonist “Beppe” in creating an intimate rapport with the reader, so that we trust him as someone with moral integrity and live through the experience of being a partisan with him. In conclusion, the essay argues that Appunti partigiani offers one of the most revealing accounts of the Resistance.
    • New York Hotel

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester (Shearsman Books, 2018-01-19)
      Prose poems and small fictions.
    • Nine very short stories

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester (Fortnightly Review, 2015-05-31)
      Nine short-short pieces of fiction / nine prose poems.
    • Nonsense and Wonder: An Exploration of the Prose Poems of Jeremy Over

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester (Tears in the Fence, 2016-04-31)
      Essay on the prose poems of Jeremy Over
    • Nonsense and Wonder: An Exploration of the Prose Poems of Jeremy Over

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018-07-16)
      This essay reveals the delights of the prose poems of Jeremy Over. Setting his work within the tradition of nonsense literature in its ability to reconcile the seemingly irreconcilable, this essay argues that Over goes beyond merely creating clever surprises in order to arouse authentic wonder. Connections are made between Over’s work and that of the Dadaists, Surrealists, Gertrude Stein and such New York poets as John Ashbery. Making the case that nonsense literature can be seen as a way to authenticity and freedom in its resistance to common sense and also to tragic heroism, the essay demonstrates how Over’s prose poems show reality in different possible lights and empower marginalized voices. Finally, Over’s work is set in the context of recent British prose poetry.
    • Prize-Giving

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester (Salt, 2014-10-15)
      Poetry sequence selected for anthology.
    • The Thief of Talant

      Reverdy, Pierre; Seed, Ian; University of Chester (Wakefield Press, 2016-09-27)
      Translation of novel/long poem by Pierre Reverdy. Published in French in 1917. This is the first translation to be published in English.
    • 'Tram in Milan', 'In the Pavilion', 'Incident' and 'Changes'

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester (Tears in the Fence, 2015-02-28)
      Four prose poems
    • The Underground Cabaret

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester
      The fourth and final volume in a quartet of prose poems and flash fictions, following on from New York Hotel (Shearsman, 2018), Identity Papers (Shearsman, 2016), Makers of Empty Dreams (Shearsman, 2014).