‘The Joy and Misery of Solitude’ – Paul Stubbs reviews ‘Rilke in Paris’ by Maurice Betz

* * The Joy and Misery of Solitude  * RILKE IN PARIS Maurice Betz Translated from the French by Will Stone, Hesperus Press, 2012  *  * Rilke, on earth, lived a life akin to a pre-natal being, one whose sensations in existence remained as homogenous and pure as his time spent in the womb. He … Continue reading

‘Cacophony of tongues’ – Paul Stubbs reviews ‘Liminal’ by Michael Lee Rattigan

LIMINAL Michael Lee Rattigan (Rufus books, September 2012)  ** ‘Poetry’, wrote Octavio Paz, ‘is the other voice. Not the voice of history or of anti-history, but the voice which, in history, is always saying something different’. He was of course talking of what is re-created in silence, beyond History and of what governs its conversations … Continue reading

The defeat of time – Paul Stubbs reviews “Quartet for the End of Time”

* Quartet for the End of Time Mark Wilson Editions du Zaporogue, 2011 a review by Paul Stubbs * In the period after the First World War Ezra Pound reached the conclusion that England as a central core-place of the creative arts was over, had become in fact “uninhabitable”. This was the moment of not … Continue reading