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Review: The End of the Trial of Man, by Paul Stubbs

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Paul Stubbs' spirituality is, I would suggest, a () darker, () troubled and much more Christian spiritiality than Raine's earthy neo-platonism.
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In this book (), the narrators of a number of poems here hold themselves complicit with not only the actual crucification of athat now hidden Christ, but also complicit with a Peter-like denial of a debt debt to that Christ in the first place, 'this genetic-proof trunk of deity / that never really actually existed, / existed, or died to survive in the minds / of the blest' 'The Abstract Crucifixion'.
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Stubb's music is () closely aligned with that pressing need to negotiate belief and noon-belief. It is an intense impacted writing, and Stubbs is not afraid of either adjectives or anstractions. As such, he is capable of moving fom heady abstraction to very concrete reality in a single sentence [...].
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Stubbs is often very good at () charging his reader with coming to terms with spiritual need and manifestation in a world where such things are increasingly pressed upon us.
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