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

Afterworldsmen

Afterworldsmen (After ‘Triptych 1991’ by Francis Bacon) ‘Thus I too once cast my deluded fancy beyond mankind, like all afterworldsmen’ – Nietzsche ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’ **********************   Beyond Mankind – An irregular rib, and the susurration of un- used diaphanous muscles beginning now to twitch; your rib rupturing the larynx of the priest when, in … Continue reading

The Vortex of Being

* CLARITIES Blandine Longre (Black Herald Press, 2010) * By Paul Stubbs * The word ‘metaphysics’ derives from the Greek words (metà) (‘beyond’ or ‘after’) and (physikà) (‘physics’), all of which went into the creation of Aristotle’s books on physics. But the term soon came to be questioned by Latin scholiasts who deemed it to … 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