Historically, Gothic tales involved castles,dungeons, helpless maidens,cruel tyrants and dwarves of evil intent. The acknowledged supremo in this field was of course, Edgar Allan Poe. Surrounded all... More > his life by women dying of consumption, and coughing blood, it's not surprising that he was so fixated on death and horror. This book deals with similar horrors, fantasies and tall tales in a poetic medium. They are works of imagination, designed to entertain and keep you glued to the edge of your seat. Readers have claimed these works to be addictive, that once begun, you can't tear yourself away. The 69 poems in this book have been specially chosen to represent the best of this type of genre. If you have a weak heart, don't read them in dark rooms with creaking doors, or if you do, make sure you have ambulance cover.< Less
Come along on another mind-bending ride with the master of twisted verse, Australian Poet David Lewis Paget. In this continuation of his narrative collection, 'Timepieces', these further tales have... More > lost nothing of the impact of the first collection, and indeed, further explore Gothic, fantasy and humorous themes. Ideal reading for cold winter evenings in darkened rooms. This edition has been extended to 256 pages, 70 poems, and is now available in print form through Lulu for the first time. The author has been likened to Edgar Allan Poe, and with good reason. For a quick thrill or a dark chill, this is the book for you.< Less
'Timepieces' is the first volume of Narrative Poetry in a series which began in 2006. This poetry was a departure from the introspective poems contained in 'Pen & Ink'. After 40 years of writing,... More > I decided that I needed a new mountain to climb, and this mountain was the narrative. I had always admired 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Coleridge, also 'Kubla Khan' and 'Christabel', unfinished though they were. 'The Raven', by Edgar Allan Poe is one of the greatest in the language, and 'The Highwayman' ranks right up there with it. I realised that most introspective poetry disappeared over time, but the narratives never do. They are welded to our DNA, and will still be read in 100 years. Thus it was that I began to write narratives, and after a very short time realised that I had finally found my niche. 'Timepieces' with 57 poems was the first volume, swiftly followed by 'At Journey's End', 'The Demon Horse on the Carousel', and 'Poems of Myth and Scare'. Let me take you for a ride... David Lewis Paget< Less
The Red Knight - is a long poem of over 1600 lines, designed as a companion piece to the Morte D’Arthur sequence by Malory. More especially, it is an adjunct to ‘Sir Gawaine and the Green... More > Knight’, the anonymous manuscript which follows the Arthurian legend, while not being strictly part of it. The Red Knight was my opportunity to add to the myth in the same way, thus offering those readers who are partial to knight’s tales and chivalrous deeds an opportunity to immerse themselves once more in a favourite landscape.
The Battle of Maldon - is a free modern translation of a manuscript remnant found in the Cotton library, which describes a battle between the Anglo-Saxon farmers under Beorhtnoth, the Duke of Northumbria, and a band of Vikings who burned Ipswich in 991 A.D. and later landed near the Blackwater River, demanding arm rings for tribute. The story is set in that of the old Germanic Heroic mould, where a man would fight and die for his lord, or be dishonoured.< Less
The very latest offerings from the Master of Narrative Poetry, Australian Poet David Lewis Paget. There is something here for everyone, the subject material is wide ranging from future fantasy to... More > historical scenarios with a lot of 'what ifs'. This is a remarkable collection, 82 poems over 273 pages, guaranteed to keep you awake at night, either reading by a bedside lamp or lying awake, listening for strange creaking sounds in the dark. Don't believe me? Listen to the readers - 'A vast saga, time/history, perception, the tale of the immutable universe. How deftly you create the setting, the gravity to walk down the hallowed halls and peek behind the curtains of time - Bill Roarke.' Or - 'I find myself entangled again in the genius of your penstrokes! your melody! your game! your mind! your fame! I mean... you're just a god. - A.R.'
A little over the top there, but you'll find this poetry addictive. Make sure you read it before lending it out - you'll never get it back!< Less
If you'd like to know what it's like, living and working in China for twelve months, this is the book for you. Join the author on his forays into an alien culture, with no initial knowledge of the... More > language, and trying to deal in the most part with people who didn't speak his. Experience the frustration, the joys, the annoyances, the laugh out loud situations that arose on a regular basis, and by the time you've finished you'll want to go there yourself.
Enjoy with him the downright good nature and generosity of the Chinese people, so little commented on in the west. Laugh along as you read student essays, in their desperate attempts to convert their 'Chinglish' into understandable English. There's much to recommend this book, even if it only helps to bridge the gap of misunderstanding between east and west. The book also contains the poetry that was inspired during the visit - you won't be disappointed.< Less
Another selection of strange tales from Australian Poet, David Lewis Paget, the Master of Narrative Poetry. Following on from 'The Devil on the Tree', this is a selection of 60 poems, all in strict... More > rhyme and metre, each one dealing with another facet of the strange quirks of humanity in story form. The supposition behind this book is that after a cataclysm in which 99% of humanity is swept away, the survivors receive a visit from a Magi, astrologer or seer. Curious about the history of civilisation before the disaster, they ask him to provide tales of people from the past. He collects them together on a regular basis and tells them a story each night. These tales vary from Gothic horrors to the conquest of space, to magic and myth. All the foibles of human nature are revealed to them, representative of a 'civilised' society. Each poem is designed to entertain. Even readers who normally dislike poetry are entranced with these. The book runs to 172 pages, and should be read curled up in a chair in dim light.< Less
This book contains forty years of poetry, from the very earliest beginnings, to the more accomplished work of later years. There was a lot of experimentation in those early years, feeling my way, so... More > to speak. The one constant is rhyme and metre. Even in the very few poems that may look as if they're free form, the metre is there, as is the rhyme. It is the very basis of what I believe poetry to be.
At 450 pages, there is an entire life's work laid out here, and in chronological order, so that the reader may himself appreciate the gradual acquisition of skills and confidence. This volume will take you up to, and just short of the Narrative phase I entered from 2006, all of which work is represented in the titles: 'Timepieces', 'At Journey's End', 'The Demon Horse on the Carousel', and recently, 'Poems of Myth & Scare'.
Forty years of love, pain, heartache and growth are represented here in 327 richly varied poems. Dip into it and enjoy the journey.
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The alternative worlds of poet David Lewis Paget, rendered in perfect rhyme and metre for the purist. These are narrative poems, short stories in verse, to be read in darkened rooms by candlelight,... More > or around a camp fire. Guaranteed to give the odd delicious shudder as each plot unfolds. The richness and detail of these tales will amaze you. Reviewers have said that this Poet's work is compulsive reading,almost addictive. They range from Mediaeval backdrops for ghostly characters, to modern apocalyptic stories of what if? They are tales of imagination that would make Poe proud.
David Lewis Paget is an Australian Poet, but his backgrounds range from England to America to China to Australia. Once you begin to read, you won't be able to stop. This is a must for Poetry fans.< Less
The thirty four poems contained in this volume are reflective of what I observed in China between September 2005 and December 2006. Twenty three of them were written in China during that period, the... More > others after returning to Australia, and on reflection. The latter poems are fictional narratives, designed to entertain the reader. I wanted to collect them together in one edition so they could be read as a whole, rather than being interspersed with other poems not about China.
I had no intention of passing any sort of judgement while writing these, neither blame nor praise. I was merely an observer, a 'Yang Wei', (foreign devil) from the west, taking my first look at the east, and liking what I found.
The Chinese culture captured my heart, despite the poverty I could see around me. Their generosity overwhelmed me, their work ethic, their ability to enjoy life despite their poor conditions, and their artistic culture in art, dance and music was inspiring. Dedicated to my students and friends in Zhong guo.< Less