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

MATT SIMPSON’s review of THE THEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (May 2005)

MATT SIMPSON’s review of THE THEOLOGICAL MUSEUM by Paul Stubbs (Flambard Press) (published in Critical Survey, May 2005) Stubbs is another kettle of fish. You need to read him with the sort of intelligent attentiveness you bring to a reading, say, of Donne. The Theological Museum is an astonishing debut. I have to admit, however, that, … Continue reading

The Theological Museum

(Flambard Press, 2005) Strongly championed by Carol Ann Duffy, Alice Oswald and John Wakeman among others, Paul Stubbs is very much a poet of the new millennium. His work reads like a report from some Beckettian post-world in the process of becoming detached from orthodox values and meanings. Stubbs’s ‘theological museum’ is a place where … Continue reading