Saxophone: Andrew Neil Hayes. Recorded by ANH in Bristol.
My new collection, Contumacy (erbacce-press) is available from this website priced £8.95 + p&p
Paul Hawkins has picked up Tom Raworth’s energised quirky verbal speed: his rich, fractured, spatialised language drives in and on. I like it.
Jeremy Reed; poet and writer
Oulipian divination meets Metro cut-up. The Crash crash-edited into resistance rhythms, cash-in-hand concrete typography, mapping the run-off and the rackets from Claremont Road to Cameron, then cleaned out with half a brick. What looked like a wall, turns out to be a wall of sound; or a barricade. Tip #366: Hawkins is unstoppable.
Tony White; novelist, writer and editor
Ruthlessly political and socially aware, but never without warmth and humour, Paul Hawkins’ poems do the all-too-rare thing of exploring the minutiae of places, and the people who live in them, with the right amount of formal diversity. Contumacy is a collection that matters.
Mark Burnhope; poet, activist and editor
ShotGuN performing at The Edwardian Cloakrooms in Bristol May 6th as part of Three Laws, two weeks of art, words and sounds curated by Bristol based band Schoolboy’s Deat Trio. Also on the bill were poets Jane Cartwright and Sarer Scotthorne. The poem spam :: maps is from my new Erbacce Press collection, Contumacy due to be published this summer.