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

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

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