Paul Batchelor

Paul Batchelor's pamphlet, To Photograph a Snow Crystal, was a winner in the 2005 Book & Pamphlet Competition and published by Smith/Doorstop in 2006.

His first full-length collection of poems, The Sinking Road, was published by Bloodaxe in 2008. His work has appeared in anthologies such as Identity Parade (Bloodaxe, 2010), The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry (Penguin, 2010) When Love Speaks (Vintage, 2011) and Being Human (Bloodaxe, 2011).

At Newcastle University, Paul wrote a PhD on the poetry of Barry MacSweeney. He is a freelance writer and teacher, and regularly reviews for the GuardianThe Times and the Times Literary Supplement. He is currently one of the Poetry Book Society pamphlet selectors.



‘an original talent with an unusually good ear for verse both formal and free’ — Sean O’Brien

He settles in the burn
till snow-melt smooths his young face younger still. 
I would recall
all the lost places of his life & find them new again,
the images to which he will return:
a fossil of two fern leaves, which he found & gave to me;
a nest 
of baby weasels, bald & reptilian. 

He says We’d best work fast,
& drops his handkerchief into the nest:
the cauldron seethes: claws & teeth 
needle the handkerchief. 
When they’re attached, he lifts a clutch 
of weasels up for me to see.

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