Biography of Michael Shepherd
farmwork; 9-14 teacher; pro-am drama; scholarship to Oxford University to study Anglo-Saxon and English Literature; dropout; backstage Ballets de Paris; industrial journalism; midlife crisis around 25; invoice typist; bookshop assistant; art journalist; book reviewer; small book on Barbara Hepworth,1963; art critic for national newspapers and magazines 20 years; radio and television work; presented to Queen Mother for services to Canadian art; and to Rajeev Gandhi for services to Indian art; Post-graduate Thesis Tutor, Royal Academy of Art 20 years; Selector and Juror Mid-States Art Contest, Indiana; translator and research team for Letters of Marsilio Ficino; obituary writer for The Times; 24/7 carer 7 years; writer/editor of Ficino celebratory volume 1999(see Books page here) now translated into Dutch; political satirist for website, 'Call Me Tony'; proofreader for forthcoming 18-volume Encyclopaedia of Hindu Philosophy; various essays on 50 years of Zimbabwean sculpture; historical context essay for 'Gardens of Philosophy: Ficino on Plato' by Arthur Farndell, Shepheard-Walwyn Publishers,2006, £18.95; Godstow Press in Oxford published 136 sonnets under the title 'Awakening to Myself' in December 2004 (£15 postfree in Britain, contact Godstow Press for overseas postage) . For international payment, see firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael has been a member of the School of Economic Science/School of Practical Philosophy in London for 50 years, and moderates (2008) the Poetry Forum attached to its website.
He is currently Text Editor for the online 'Hindupedia' encyclopaedia of Hinduism.
His latest book on Waterperry is noted below.
Michael Shepherd's Works:
Barbara Hepworth: Methuen,1963
Friend to Mankind (Marsilio Ficino,1433-1499) : Shepheard-Walwyn,1999
Marsilio Ficino: Een universeel mens: Uitgeverij Ankh-Hermes bv, Deventer,2002 (translation of the major part of the above volume, with additional essays by Jjost Ritman, Annine ven der Meer, and Jacob Slavenburg)
Awakening to Myself (poems, December 2004)
Waterperry House and Grounds: an elusive history. (School of Economic Science,2009)
Michael Shepherd Poems
Love Love Love
Oh it's so easy to say - 'Give what you think you lack - You feel unloved? Then give love, and love, and love...'...
! A Grief Ago
'There is no grief which time does not lessen or soften' - so said Cicero, a man so often right;
! A Wish
I'd like to write - like grown-up poets do: with similes that span the universe, that sparkle, crackle, dazzle, woo the mind; and touch the heart with tender, swoony verse...
A pretty girl is like a simile and vice-a-versa so I'd say
! Baby Love, Maybe Love
so there you are in your pram or kiddikarria nicely tucked up, being talked to in that
! A Zimbabwean Asks A Question
O Great Spirit, You who in Your form of the Chapungu, the great eagle with sharper eye than any aeroplane, watches over us and knows all things;
! Travelling With Robert Frost
Everyone but poets (who have their own allegiances) would acknowledge it – you were, and I guess still are, the most famous and popular poet of
! Love And Friendship
Loneliness, anxiety, and despair, isolation, sorrow, bitterness - these the cruel concerns, observers note, that press upon our current consciousness.
! An Angry Poem About Peace
This is an angry poem. About those weasel phrases which blow like paper in the street going nowhere,
! ! With A Hey And A Ho And A Txtng To-A...
It was a lover and his lass with a hey and a ho and a texting to and fro that o'er the sidewalks smiling pass with ringtones, with ringtones,
! A Poem For Samuel
Who is that man who calls you ' a nobody'? Oh, he's nobody. Who is that man who says 'You're really somebody'?
! ! Love's Grammar Book
I love you. That's it, really. all there is to say.
! A Spiral Scratched Into An Ancient Ir...
A centre and an expansion a life centred expanding the force of the centre whirls a life without limit but it says
! A Platonic Reminiscence Of A Great La...
Someone mentioned your name yesterday and I was silent You loved goodness, you were goodness,
Sonnet And Sonata
May sonnet ever match sonata form?
whose opening movement catches restless mind;
whose new and ever-fresh harmonious sound
puts spark in eye and ear, and feet on ground;
then, slower movement, drawing us to still peace,
takes mind within to where all movements cease;
murmuring all that inner nature knows,
restoring to our self its true repose.