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Pen & Ink By David Lewis Paget
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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. David Lewis Paget.< Less
My China By David Lewis Paget
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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
The Demon Horse on the Carousel - and Other Gothic Delights By David Lewis Paget
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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
The Devil on the Tree - & Other Poems of Dysfunction By David Lewis Paget
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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
Tales from the Magi By David Lewis Paget
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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
Smugglers Pie By David Lewis Paget
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The leading poem in this collection of twenty two narrative poems won the 2013 Kernewek Lowender Poetry Prize in the Copper Triangle of South Australia. ‘Smugglers Pie’ was the poem, and... More > so many people requested a copy that it was decided to put it out in a small book, complemented with another twenty poems about the sea, in some manner or form. The Kernewek Lowender, for the uninitiated, is the Cornish Festival, held every two years to celebrate the area’s history of copper mining. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Smugglers and other Sinners’. Each poem in this slight volume is rendered in strict rhyme and metre by South Australian poet David Lewis Paget, well known on writing sites around the internet for his Gothic Narrative Verse. This book would make a nice gift for anyone with a yen for sea stories.< Less
The Season of the Witch By David Lewis Paget
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This book is a collection of 30 of the Gothic Narrative Tales of the supernatural. These spine-chilling tales are related in perfect rhyme and metre, by Australian Poet David Lewis Paget. These... More > tales, scattered throughout his works have finally been brought together under one cover for the first time. Each poem was especially chosen for this book, to give the volume some sort of thematic continuity. For a work of 128 pages, this book is crammed full of tales that will either chill, amuse, or raise the hair on the back of your neck. They deal with events outside normal experience, and the only quality you as a reader are asked to bring to the party, is the willing suspension of disbelief. The book has been designed to be inexpensive, and as an introduction to David's work for those who have not yet had the pleasure of exposure to his Poetry. After reading these, you will probably agree with the majority who have stated - 'This work is addictive!'< Less
The Book on the Topmost Shelf By David Lewis Paget
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Each tale within these pages has unraveled slowly from some tightly rolled secret hoard, stored safely up in the dark locker of an over-active imagination. They descended to pen and keyboard as tiny... More > slivers of plot, character, background, lines, rhymes, imagery and shivery. I was the lucky one chosen to put all those pieces together in some comprehensible and entertaining fashion, that in some future time you, the reader, might pick up this book and read about your own foibles, dreams, schemes, and nightmares. You will meet long-lost friends in these pages, old lovers barely remembered except for the pain of partings, and perhaps darkly forgotten deeds that you had long ago hidden under the pillow of forgetfulness. Whatever you read here, I guarantee that you won’t be bored. 180 pages, 63 Poems, not to be read in the dark.< Less
Tall Tales for Tired Times By David Lewis Paget
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Once again this teller of tales has assembled a collection, and what a collection! Included here is his 1,000th Poem entitled 'The Terror', a look back into childhood paranoia. But there is humour... More > here as well, and riveting scenes of horror that will make your hair stand on end, (if you have any left, which he doesn't). There are sixty-four different scenarios here that will keep your imagination titivated, and your heart perpetually halted in expectation of the worst that can happen, only to discover he has fooled you yet again. It is the twist in his endings that readers have come to love and anticipate, and the driving rhythms that force each story along to its eventual conclusion. Oh yes, this is poetry at its finest, rhyme, metre, all executed with a nonchalance that makes the reader smile in approbation. It would be advisable to read only one poem per night, but of course, you won't be able to, because once begun on that dark ride, you will find yourself pushing on inevitably to the end. Enjoy!< Less
Timepieces - Poems Out of Time & Other Places By David Lewis Paget
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'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