Stanley, Paul. Author

Paul Stanley
Paul Stanley, Author First collection of poems “The Profound and the Profane” (ISBN No.: 1-899573-02-X)

Paul writes a heady mix of indulgent tease in his first published collection of poems, battling through blatant ‘Adult Poetry’ to delight the reader with his take on ‘Romantic Consumerism’.

Paul is obviously measuring life with every natural form he has. He documents a personal journey yet works as a word chef might to serve his readers emotional flavours they recognise well, albeit on a learning curve that he pens.

As a devotee of Concrete Poetry, (read Paul’s poem “Spider’s Leg”) his work often needs to appear online in ‘textual-image’ form because most default typographical settings alter the structure so important to all writers of Concrete Poetry. This again makes it harder to track down reference to his written works using search engines that don’t recognise the importance of gaps, rivers, spacing and gutter positioning through body text (A subject Paul studied at University)

Because Paul paints with words, his writings are aimed at the reader’s understanding of ‘image’ as well as tongue, regularly slicing through the set restricted ‘lines’ walked by many of the ‘now’ poets. At times when Paul needs to communicate beyond text lines, he designs, models and paints spectacular model characters  – a disturbing world of Halfling, Boffin, Took, Brandybuck, Grubb, Chubb, Burrows, Bolger, Bracegirdle, Brockhouse, Goodbody, Hornblower and Proudfoot. My personal fav. is this giant:

Those Earthlings curious to catch up with Paul’s first published collection of poems, including ‘The Kiss’, ‘Shelf Life’, ‘The Theory of Irrelatively’ and ‘The Night I Met a True Vegetarian’, should contact Paul via theBattleforge site or cautiously approach their nearest bookseller to order a copy of ‘The Profound and the Profane’ giving them the secret code number of ISBN: 1-899573-02-X.

And if you still can’t get your hands on a copy, contact me as I have a spare, mint condition, first edition 2002 [GBP 18.00 +pp]

Enjoy the Fire and Flames – experience Paul, his Goodbody Bolgers and all.




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Paul’s working on his second collection of poetry as I type this.


The unofficial National Ivy Collection of Wales

the unofficial National Ivy Collection of Wales .

Moles eat plants and rabbits eat plants, but both avoid the ivy.

Tackling a garden surrounded by wildlife can be tricky. Trying to avoid molehills and stepping out of the way of landing wood pigeons seemed the right thing to do on arrival at the HoBB as we were the newcomers. But things were not in balance.

As soon as we started to supplement the plantings with new flavours we unwittingly created an a la carte restaurant for hosts of new wild customers from caterpillars to crows.

This new ‘open invite restaurant’ was particularly popular in winter when a lot of the wilder natural growth had the good sense to die down and hide in root form. We noticed families of rabbits at first then, as we were composting everything, the moles descended to feast on the resultant earthworm breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Only the box bushes, ferns and Ivy plants remained uneaten.

We needed an action plan that did not involve the building of a walled garden. And so the unofficial National Ivy Collection of Wales was started with over 180 varieties of Ivy (Hedera.) Most have done well and by careful planting I think the word has got out to the local rabbit population that THIS Country Restaurant serves ivy with everything !

The caterpillars? Well this is another story. We love butterflies, so as it is the Vegetable Plot that gets the worst of it, we are going to construct a screen house with a fine screen that should stop such colourful visitors. I have not found an ideal screening material so if you have a screen house that it working well, please contact me and pass on the details of your screen supplier. thank you.

Waves from Grant ~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ amidst the Ivy