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The End of the Trial of Man

by Paul Stubbs

Confident in his use of Christian icons, nothing is 'sacred' to Paul Stubbs who is as prepared to write as God and Pope as he is Adam (and Eve). Using paintings by Francis Bacon as their starting points, these poems delve into baroque realms of psychological and philosophical thought, filling the unknown with urgent possibility.

To each neo-operatic poem he brings wit and classical knowledge to build a singular and aesthetic passion. Yet throughout the landscape of these poems, there are reminders of the business of living with pain, desire and faith. This is not a book for the faint-hearted, but those who enter will be well rewarded, emerging with a renewed conviction of their own choices in viewing the world and our construction of it.

No one is writing like this, or quite like this, or not that I have read recently in the English tongue.

Stephen Romer

There is something of the late R. S. Thomas at large in Stubbs' work for sure, especially in the subversive religiosity. There's even a whisper of Les Murray in his to-the-glory-of-god mode, even a touch of Geoffrey Hill, even Eliot, but in the end, Stubbs is very much his own man, talking his own talk.

Tim Liardet

978 1908376 01 5 (pbk)
Published February 2015

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