The Regulars

Matthew Paul

The Regulars

80 pages
198 mm x 129 mm / 7¾" x 5⅛"
ISBN 978-1-903543-18-4

Praise for The Regulars

‘How brightly Matthew Paul’s talent and connection with nature shine in his work! Paul combines vivid imagery and compelling juxtaposition to charge his haiku with sensuousness and underlying significance. I found The Regulars impossible to put down until I had read it entirely, savoring each richly layered poem. The poet’s clear English voice remains fresh throughout.’
—Ferris Gilli
Associate Editor, The Heron's Nest

‘Matthew Paul’s eye for the small happenings of everyday life—and his evident enjoyment in them—combines with the skill with which he chooses and places his words to enrich our appreciation of the interaction between people and their environment. The Regulars gives me enormous pleasure.’
—Caroline Gourlay

‘The fluidity and comfortably familiar settings of Matthew Paul’s haiku lower our defences, giving him the chance to startle us with contrasting images that hit us out of the blue.’
—David Cobb
Editor, The British Museum Haiku

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Haiku and Senryu

        summer fete
the Punch and Judy man
      losing his voices

handed a handbill—
the cutting rain

sweltering zoo:
a boy shows his lion
to the real thing


‘Matthew Paul’s gift lies not in presenting painterly images, artistically juxtaposed, but rather in an ability to breathe life into the ordinary, to animate the quotidian; a number of his haiku will evoke a familiar warmth in the reader with their keenly-observed detail.’
Blithe Spirit, Journal of the British Haiku Society

‘Paul excels at effective juxtapositions that take us with him on his intuitive leaps.’
Modern Haiku