Interview with Paul Stubbs by Greer Mansfield in Bookslut, October 2012
in Bookslut, October 2012
“In addition to editing a quality literary magazine and publishing interesting writers new and old, Stubbs happens to be one of our day’s most striking and original English-language poets. His poems are metaphysical but visceral; they are often written in a jagged syntax, but they carry themselves in a rich, full-voiced music.
He has a “religious” imagination insofar as he explores reality (flesh, history, “God,” speech and language itself) conscious of the debris of our religious inheritance (titles of some of his books: The Theological Museum, The Icon Maker, Ex Nihilo). Reading him, I often get the sense that he is testing these icons and theologies to see what illumination or meaningful life they can offer. His work calls to mind the likes of Mayakovsky, Trakl, Benn, Vallejo, and Pilinszky more than any English poet (except perhaps Geoffrey Hill, whom Stubbs admires). Imagine the poetry equivalent to an orchestra playing Bach and Bartok in a post-apocalyptic stone landscape… actually, that gives you no approximation at all, so best to just read his poetry.” (Greer Mansfield)