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.

Grant.

 

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

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On the other side of Stripe Street,

On the other side of Stripe Street,
On the other side of Stripe Street,

On the other side of Stripe Street,
Outside the Yellow door,
There stands a man
with blue stripped pants
Each day at half past four.

He falls asleep upon one leg
His chin held by his hand
As a taller capped man cycles by
as if it had been planned

He never sees the sunflowers
And never smells their scent
His legs are clad in coloured bands
His arms ‘experiment’

I dream this cycle re-occurs
The reason ‘why‘ I yearn
But when I question mum she says
“It’s books you wanna learn”!

And with that trite and school-like quote
She makes her misdemeanor
For in my instinct I well know
The portent of a dreamer.
For dreams come first – then rationale,
Then schema, funds and action
The real-life stuff that factors growth
And punter satisfaction.”

On the other side of Stripe Street
I’ll reach that Yellow Door
To make my stand and find out what
My fellow man waits for.

 

Grant


(Grant 1998)