Memories of the fantabulous Paul

I stumbled across Paul’s blog many years ago when I was just starting out with my own. Since that day I’ve been constantly astounded by the depths of his poetic talents and completely in awe of his commitment to the craft of poetry without boundaries. He became a regular and loyal visitor to my blog, supporting my writing even when I felt I was writing absolute rubbish … Somehow, he was always able to see the value of the words and the writer hidden within.

Through Paul I’ve been fortunate to meet many other talented bloggers, writers and poets – something I’ll always be grateful for. Bringing people together with words was something that Paul did best.

Paul taught me so much about the power of punctuation and the precise art of randomness in the written word. His wondrous book ‘The Puzzle Box’ takes pride of place on my bookshelf and acts as a constant reminder that everything truly is possible. His poetry has been a source of inspiration and strength, always challenging me to approach my writing in unexpected and surprising ways. While so many of his words stay with me long after reading them, for whatever reason this beautiful poem of his has offered me constant company …Which Arts the Government should fund, wish ones if it was up to me … (continue reading)

A poet of the real world. Paul was that rare artist who took the stuff of dreams and made them a reality.

With him in mind yesterday, I raised a glass of red, turned the pages of a book, watched my dog sleep and listened to a story on ‘guard’ donkeys. The poetry of the everyday.

Paul, always my friend in words … you are so very missed. The world is richer for having known you, and poorer for having to say goodbye.


Some other remembrances can be found here:

Gabrielle Bryden’s Blog
Mark William Jackson
Selma In The City
Fictional Mixtape
Aletha Kuschan’s Weblog


  1. Gabrielle Bryden

    That’s one of my favourite poems of his – I just saved it yesterday when I was going through his blog. Thank you for this Tracy – love and hugs xo

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I so adore that poem! There are so many beautiful examples of his work, but I found the words from this one have been running around in my mind since I read them.
      I’m so glad Paul has such a large number of blog friends who will always keep his work close to mind (and heart). Take care Gabrielle, I’m thinking of you …

  2. Mark William Jackson

    Wonderful, I always knew that Paul was larger than life, however, only over the last two days have I come to realise just how far he reached. All the comments he made in support of others yet he was so quiet about his own achievements.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mark – I know what you mean about Paul’s incredible impact on so many of us bloggers, he touched and supported so many … a generous giver.
      I will so miss his ability to stretch my mind with poetry in that way that only he could…

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  4. jason

    hi tracy. he really was the coolest guy in the room, and the room was enormous.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jason – That’s an incredibly lovely way of describing Paul … he will be sorely missed by us all. Take care.

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