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The Obvious
Bradley Paul



First Book

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2004 • 91 pp. 6 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$14.00 Paperback, 978-1-930974-47-0



“In Bradley Paul’s poems, the reader hears someone odd, unlikely, and, to a large extent, unknowable, speaking in reasoned tones about unreasonable things. The dramas... [continued in Reviews below]”—John Yau, Boston Review

Reviews / Endorsements

“In Bradley Paul’s poems, the reader hears someone odd, unlikely, and, to a large extent, unknowable, speaking in reasoned tones about unreasonable things. The dramas are neither picturesque stories nor familiar tales about self revelation. They don’t work within the by-now familiar patterns of poetry. In locating the speaker in words, rather than placing him (or her) in stories, Paul compels the reader to contemplate whether words lead one to knowing someone else or to recognizing further mysteries. Perhaps, as Paul’s poems suggest, it (and we) are always somewhere in between; and perhaps language’s purpose isn’t to tell but to entrance, delight, and undermine.”—John Yau, Boston Review

“The ocean opens ‘as though it were a bees’ hive full of wrens,’ and table salt ‘lopes like ink from a copper well.’ With a sublime palette that ranges from zen simplicity to elegant diction, Bradley Paul reveals the internal life of things. How refreshing to behold the beauty of The Obvious. For, as Wilde reminds us, ‘the real mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.’”—D.A. Powell

Awards/Recognition:

New Issues Prize Selection (2003) Commendation


BRADLEY PAUL was born in Baltimore in 1972. He received a BA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of The Animals All Are Gathering (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010), winner of the 2009 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, and The Obvious (New Issues, 2004), winner of the 2004 New Issues Poetry Prize. Also a screenwriter, Paul lives in Los Angeles.



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