3 poems published in ‘Les Carnets d’Eucharis’

Imagining a Body, Afterworldsmen and Death of Utopia have been published along their French translation (by Blandine Longre) in issue 2 of the French poetry magazine Les Carnets d’Eucharis (2014 – editor Nathalie Riera). * Various reviews about this issue: http://www.recoursaupoeme.fr/revue-des-revues/les-carnets-deucharis-version-papier-opus-2/m-c-masset http://pierresel.typepad.fr/la-pierre-et-le-sel/2014/05/les-carnets-deucharis-carnet-2-2014.html http://www.sitaudis.fr/Parutions/les-carnets-d-eucharis-carnet-deux.php  

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

‘After the Flood’

A poem by Paul Stubbs, published in Poetry Salzburg Review, No 12 – Autumn 2007, is now available online, in the Poetry Library‘s free access non-profit-making online archive of English 20th and 21st century poetry magazines. * “And as the one last species gasps Its last, and the clouds like paper-bags implode, our soothsayers they get … Continue reading

The Black Herald, issue 3

The Black Herald Literary magazine – Revue de littérature Issue #3 – September 2012 – Septembre 2012 190 pages – 15€ / £13 / $19 – ISBN 978-2-919582-04-4 Poetry, short fiction, prose, essays, translations. Poésie, fiction courte, prose, essais, traductions. With / avec W.S Graham, Gregory Corso, Andrew Fentham, Louis Calaferte, Iain Britton, Jos Roy, Tristan Corbière, Michael … 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

Already in front of you and far behind (Will Stone about ‘The Icon Maker’)

Will Stone about The Icon Maker by Paul Stubbs (Arc Publications) On arriving in Paris from the provinces and clearly faced with no other plausible reaction, Arthur Rimbaud urinated on the manuscripts of establishment poetasters and summarily destroyed the ‘poetic’ Parisian lodgings the Parnassians had provided for him. In our own era, where endless droves of … Continue reading

The Meaning-Making Machine

Theoretical Animals Gary J. Shipley (BlazeVOX Books, 2010) In 1959 in Paris when William Burroughs and Brion Gysin, following in Tristan Tzara’s footsteps, started in earnest to construct the ‘cut-ups’, they began the nominal process of reducing ‘conventional’ prose back down into the retinal-rush of the newsreel, the slogan, the hideously disgorged and fractious sentence, … Continue reading

Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Mark Wilson about Ex Nihilo)

by Mark Wilson Review published in 3:AM magazine, Wednesday, March 30th, 2011. The poetry of Paul Stubbs is like a severe volcanic eruption within the landscape of British poetry. In fact, to say that this small corpus of work (as to date, three books) is part of ‘British poetry’ seems a massive perversion of terminology. … 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

Anticline – by Clayton Eshleman

Anticline Clayton Eshleman Black Widow Press, 2010 – 181 pages by Paul Stubbs The full essay can now be found in “Clayton Eshleman, The Whole Art“, edited by Stuart Kendall(Black Widow Press, 2014) *** Clayton Eshleman is one of America’s most pivotal visionary poets writing today, a word-creator and a language inventor whose work has … Continue reading

Return to the Light: “Bright Dusky Bright” by Eeva Liisa Manner

Bright Dusky Bright by Eeva Liisa Manner Translated by Emily Jeremiah – Waterloo Press 2009 a review by Paul Stubbs When reading the poems  of Eeva-Liisa Manner, and discovering  the landscapes that gave birth to them, I am reminded of these lines by the great Finnish/Swedish poet Edith Sodergran, lines in fact inscribed upon her gravestone, … 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

The reweaving of time, Bei Dao’s poetry

The Rose of Time: New and Selected Poems by Bei Dao Edited by Eliot Weinberger, Translated by Yanbing Chen, David Hinton, Chen Maiping, Iona Ma-Cheong, Bonnie S. McDougall and Eliot Weinberger – New Directions, 2010, $16.95 (288pp) A review by Paul Stubbs Just as Hölderlin through his writings wanted to make ‘disappear’ the ‘divisions in which … Continue reading

Gasoline – The Imaginary and the Pure

** ‘I think Corso is a more perfect poet, unique and independent of modes and manners’ – Allen Ginsberg ‘….it comes; I tell you, immense with gasolined rags and bits of wire and old bent nails, a dark arriviste, from a dark river within.’ – Gregory Corso ** by PAUL STUBBS It seems an almost … Continue reading

To The Silenced – Georg Trakl

To the Silenced, selected poems of Georg Trakl, introduction and translation Will Stone (Arc Publications, 2005) by P. Stubbs The task set themselves by most major European poets of expressing what it feels like to be alive in any one epoch does not, on the whole, apply to the poetry of Georg Trakl. The world … Continue reading

Glaciation, a review

Glaciation, Will Stone (Salt Publishing, 2007) a review by P. Stubbs “He trowels his verse and builds a house / that begins its life as a ruin.” writes Will Stone of the German ‘Expressionist’ poet Georg Heym. And after reading this collection of Stone’s poems it is clear that the imaginative plough of his own mind … Continue reading