THE RETURN TO SILENCE, and other poetical essays

THE RETURN TO SILENCE and other poetical essays Paul Stubbs Black Herald Press, December 2016 138 pages – 12 € – isbn 978-2-919582-16-7 * To purchase the book * ‘For nearly two decades (or perhaps millennia) Paul Stubbs has been engaged in the task of imagining what lies beyond the imagination…there is no guardrail to this kind … Continue reading

A SEARCH FOR THE COSMOLOGICAL CROSS — An essay on the religious writings of Simone Weil (excerpt)

* ‘She chose to submit to a kind of perpetual invisible crucifixion, her final relationship to all those she would not disown became that of the crucified on the cross.’ —Leslie A. Fiedler[i] ‘Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ, I commit the sin of Envy.’[ii] —Simone Weil     “THE GOD … Continue reading

Alice Oswald reviews “The End of the Trial of Man”

* “For nearly two decades (or perhaps millennia) Paul Stubbs has been engaged in the task of imagining what lies beyond the imagination. (…) There is no guardrail to this kind of project, no literary guide or physical limit, only exploration. The extraordinary thing about the poems in The End of the Trial of Man, … Continue reading

The Return to Silence — An Essay on Friedrich Hölderlin (excerpt)

*‘That when the silence returns there shall be a language too.’ * ‘The end of speech could arrive on the day when everybody feels as theologically posthumous as Friedrich Hölderlin did, or when we, the only defensible illusions of his lost syntactically fatherland, come to feel as truncated by his voice as he did by … Continue reading

‘The Glorious Falsehood of Progress’ – An essay about Émile Verhaeren’s Poems

By Paul Stubbs * Poems Émile Verhaeren Translated and selected by Will Stone Arc Publications, 2014  * ‘We substitute one ghost for another, that the fables of the golden age are well worth the eternal present we dream of, and that the original ego, basis of our hopes, evokes the void and ultimately reduces itself … Continue reading

‘Toward a Vegetal Wisdom’ – On the writings of E.M. Cioran (excerpt)

*   ‘I once imagined that I was the most lucid man on earth’—E.M. Cioran * Perhaps the only universe that man understands is the one that by him is most misunderstood. E.M. Cioran, a chronicler of impotence, and an iconoclast, proved himself to be independent of all superfluous discussions of reality, contemplating as he … Continue reading

‘The Boundaries of Being’ – about W.S. Graham’s poetry (excerpt)

* Afterword first published, along with its French translation, in Les Dialogues obscurs / The Dark Dialogues, Selected poems / poèmes choisis, by W. S Graham (translated from the English by Anne-Sylvie Homassel & Blandine Longre, Introduction by Michael Snow / Afterword by Paul Stubbs – bilingual book, Black Herald Press, 2013, ISBN  978-2-919582-07-5) * “It is to be hoped that this … Continue reading

THE BLACK HERALD 3 – EDITORIAL (EXCERPT)

First published in The Black Herald, issue 3 (Sept. 2012) by Paul Stubbs * On January 15th, 1967, in one of a series of letters exchanged between the poets W.H. Auden and Michael Hamburger concerning the translations of German poet Friedrich Hölderlin, Auden wrote that he was trying ‘to account for what I’m sure you’ll … Continue reading

‘The Perspicacity of Repetition’: Heller Levinson’s Hinge Theory – an essay by Paul Stubbs

* The Perspicacity of Repetition (The Birth of Hinge Theory) * Books by Heller Levinson Smelling Mary, Howling Dog Press, 2008 From Stone This Running, Black Widow Press, 2011 Hinge Trio, (with Linda Lynch and Felino A. Soriano), La Alameda Press, 2012  * To enrich the latent possibilities of poetry by undermining it, adding to the … Continue reading

‘The Eternal Procession’ – On ‘The Arrière-Pays’ by Yves Bonnefoy (excerpt)

THE ARRIÈRE-PAYS Yves Bonnefoy Introduced and translated from the French by Stephen Romer (Seagull Books, 2012)  * Yves Bonnefoy is first an abstract form, then a poet. Therefore a work such as The Arrière–pays is but a shadow giving notice of his shapes still to locate a sundial. He is what Jean-Paul Sartre said of … Continue reading

Particles of Truth – Paul Stubbs reviews ‘Of Flies and Monkeys’ by Jacques Dupin

* Of Flies and Monkeys Jacques Dupin Introduced and translated from the French by John Taylor (Bitter Oleander Press 2011) * In 1871 in Charleville when Rimbaud, preparing to decimate two thousand years of poetical ‘tradition’, sat down to write his ‘letter of the seer’ to Paul Demeny, he was about to include, among other … Continue reading

THE BLACK HERALD 2 – EDITORIAL (EXCERPT)

by Paul Stubbs (first published in The Black Herald, issue 2, September 2011) “What will be required to make this happen is, among others, an end to the ‘creative classroom’ (this Anglo-Saxon invention—while a rarity in the major cities of Europe—was a trend started in the USA that then moved on to become a profitable plague … Continue reading

The Black Herald 1 – Editorial (excerpt)

by Paul Stubbs (first published in The Black Herald, issue 1, January 2011) On July 2nd, 1914, the inaugural issue of Blast magazine was published in England, a project begun by the writer Wyndham Lewis, who hoped it would cement the reputation of the new ‘Vorticist’ movement – an English-speaking response to the new Italian avant-garde and … Continue reading

Rimbaud and the New Inquisition

an essay by Paul Stubbs, first published in The Black Herald, issue 2 – September 2011 The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in arguing that the Western world was essentially dominated by the so-called ‘last people’—those who, without the arrow of propulsive time, saw only the pointless drudgery of repetition—could well have been paving the way … Continue reading

The Mirage of Poetic Evolution in Britain since Eliot

When does poetry begin to capitulate? turn back in on itself? When it fails to assimilate the new, the foreign, when in the words of Nietzsche in The Birth of Tragedy, the human remains in a perpetual state of individuation; or what in this country, England, has always been its burden, the totality of the influence … Continue reading