In a World of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
Motivated to understand all things on all levels is a somewhat intensive task, but one that is proving spiritually uplifting. That said, it is the source of my interest in the written word, a quest, to understand the self. Language and communication are at the root of our being, and perhaps human kinds greatest achievement but it is the written word that is our power.
I studied English Language and Literature at college and subsequently became a teacher of the subject. It was whilst at college that I developed a love of Middle English poetry, especially Chaucer. My other major influences include the works of the Romantic poets and the Pre-Raphaelite movement; Phillip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, & Simon Armatige, and more besides. College was also where I took my writing more seriously. I began writing whilst serving in the Army. This usually took the form of rebellious satire aimed at the officers and senior ranks, endowed as I am, with a sharp intellect and sense of fun, and no desire for promotion.
I like to think that I have strong aesthetic values, often seduced as I am, by the beauties of the World and the Universe. Unfortunately this particular aspect of my nature has yet to find it's way into my work. Which has often been described as humorous, dark and compelling, serving as it does, aspects of certain realities in a unique style.
I've had poems published in the UK & USA, also the Peruvian born composer Jimmy Lopez was commissioned to write a piece of music for the Tampere music festival in Finland in April 2008 and selected my poem 'Incubus' to work with. It was a great honour and privillage to work with Jimmy and the members of Poing! The band who performed the piece. Since the intial commission, which recieved it's world premiere in Tampere; Jimmy has composed another version for different instruments, which was performed in Germany in July 2008. www.tampere.fi/musicfestivals/biennale08/english/index.html
'if we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended
That you have but slumb’red here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream.'
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Nights Dream.
God is dead. - Nietzsche; Nietzsche is dead. -God...
Video presentation of my poems
Birth Place: Doncaster, England
Accomplishments: BA English Language & Literature
Adult Education Cert. (Cert. ED.)
others too numerous to mention, and not quite relevant as regards writing(I can cook though).
Oh! I play guitar too...you name it I'll slaughter it lol.
Poetry Disturbing Ovid 2013 by Paul Williams Here's another oldie that has had a re-write. It's more structured than the original and the content is more logical in prosession. I hope you all enjoy this version. ... Hideous spirit by Paul Williams An oldie that deserves another airing. once had deep personal meaning but now serves as a lesson learned.... Rising by Paul Williams
Walking with Ghosts Pts 1&2 by Paul Williams Originally posted early last year, these two poems are part of a longer work in process...(yes, I know those of you who read these last year have been waiting for part III...but it's had so many re-w... My Sweet Idiom by Paul Williams Here's a silly ditty that serves as an example of the versatility of the English language. A poem, describing an actual event that took place a number of years ago, using idiomatic language...oh! and... The Voice by Paul Williams Ah! Consciousness is a wonderful thing...
Insight! How it changes the future. ;-)... Woman by Paul Williams As it's International Women's' day, today, thought I'd post this oldie dedicated to all you lovely ladies out there.
Articles Glossary of Poetic Terminology by Paul Williams I originally produced this reference guide for my students. I have posted this for those who are not familiar with poetic terminology and just general interest. I know it's basically a list, but I ho... World Premiere of Incubus by Paul Williams 19.4.08 Tampere Music Festival Finland... Earthquake hits UK...a sign of the times? by Paul Williams Shaken but not stirred... More from the Great Northern Flood by Paul Williams The recent flooding in the north of England has promted the largest relief operation since the Second World War. ... The Great Northern Flood (Flaming June?) by Paul Williams The worst floods to hit England in living memory have claimed lives displaced thousands and caused chaos across the country. ... Wars of The Roses & Towton 1461 (pictorial) by Paul Williams I've re-written this piece and included an accompanying slide show, not only to enhance this work but also to provide a deeper insight into my 'Walking with Ghosts parts 1&2' poems.... The Wars of The Roses and Towton 1461 by Paul Williams In response to a request into the background of my latest poem 'Walking with Ghosts Palm Sunday 1461'. I'm posting this short summary about the Wars of the Roses and the battle of Towton. It is a p...
Beyond the Liminal Rim
This page is where you will find the things that have influenced me throughout my life, in particular my writing. From Art, Music, Literature, and Poetry to Pop Culture. Exotic, Erotic and downright Esoteric. It's the Twilight Zone meets the Outer limits and more.