NIGHT READING FOR THE NEXT ICE-AGE
What a beautiful production Paul's book is, and his verses are very strong indeed....
I've been enjoying your poems ..... Each one leaves me with a new word or strong image. I like the density and richness of your metaphors, especially the bold way you tackle the moon and stars, for instance, always finding a new and surprising way to depict just when I'd thought it impossible to pay anything but hackneyed homage to those old impostors! It was a help, of course, to know a little of alchemy, esp. in the second section - I admire the way you use its imagery so sparingly and obliquely, respecting the evanescent nature of our mercury...
A collection of thirty of my poems, is now available. It is bound in cloth and boards, measures 220 mm x 153 mm (8.70 " x 6.00"), and consists of eighty pages of fine Veronese paper, plus an accompanying CD of me reading the poems, and an entertaining 'history' of all the southern Italian adventures leading up to its production. It comes in a beautiful dark blue presentation case, featuring the same photograph as that on the cover of the book itself.
xi Preface: The Alchemical voice
xiii Foreword by John Moat
The Devious Angel
Fire to the Frost
The White Horse
Shulamite - Twelve nocturnes
Designing the Hermitage
Mata Hari's Lover
The only way I know
The moon in clouds