The End of the Trial of Man, by Paul Stubbs
Preferring to remain understated, it is difficult to read Paul Stubbs's 'The End of the Trial of Man' without using words like mind-boggling or relentless. Alice Oswald's review in 'Poetry Review' of this work is capacious in its extent of identifying and signalling to the reader a voice that is like no other in this day and age. Without ego, without hesitation, and unapologetic, this is what poetry - what Paul Stubbs's poetry - has to offer. Humanity's crux. Read it.
Agnes Cserhati, 13 Jul 2015
"Unique is a devalued term, especially in poetry. We're drowning in unique voices, doing identical things. Paul Stubbs is the only English poet I think the term applies to. His work shows no interest in anything, except the poetic imagination. How it exists, and coexists, with his inner religious landscape. And what future his imagination can create." Paul Sutton introducing his interview with Paul Stubbs. (Stride magazine, March 2015)
blandine, 21 May 2015
This collection, for this reader the most potent and excruciatingly realised of Stubbs's collections, is a fearless work and not only endures, but powers through horror. It's vision a continual re-stringing "of the human vein" and a kind of "outerperfecting" that, to draw in a line from Vallejo, "goes up by downward looks". Here is a poet who, in the effort of "outhearing" his own ear "to begin words", pulls us into the slipstream of "God's aborted...silence" from where we actually behold "a cathedral still travelling" toward us "from the furthest point of the universe".
Michael Lee Rattigan, 15 May 2015