New Poems by Paul Mills: You Should’ve Seen Us
You Should've Seen Us presents a selection of films from the Yorkshire Film Archive edited to combine the moving image with a recorded spoken text. The presentation covers a period from 1908 to 1958. Audiences hear Paul's poems, spoken by himself and actors. Some are commentaries, others imagined voices of people in North Yorkshire from before, during and after the Second World War, so that a picture emerges of a period of cultural change.
'In these poems Paul Mills has taken archive film as his inspiration and has produced a wonderfully stirring, thoughtful and ultimately celebratory body of work that spins out from specific histories into all our families, all our lives.' Ian McMillan
The fifty minute screen presentation has been designed for showing at literature and film festivals and local interest groups within the region and beyond. Viewing is in two parts, with an introduction, and short interval, total time two hours.
The poems in You Should've Seen Us are now available from Smith Doorstop in pamphlet form with photographs from the films - buy here
Showings of You Should've Seen Us forthcoming this October at Ilkley Literature Festival, Off the Shelf book festival (Sheffield), and Lancaster LitFest.
The project is funded by Arts Council England and Creative North Yorkshire
For information on fees, bookings and how to show the presentation please contact www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com or enquire via the website
Voting for Spring
His latest full length collection of poems Voting For Spring, was published by Smith/Doorstop in August 2010 - buy here.
Central to the title poem of Voting for Spring is the long human struggle for survival against ice and cold. The poem makes contact with our present climate crisis, as well as suggesting a dimension which is more personal.
The keynote of the book is affirmation, but also uncertainty – a day and night experience for the speaker of 'Women in a Munitions Factory', from a group of poems based on archive film. His reaction to his daughter's psychiatric illness and her recovery is the subject of the powerful poem sequence, '21/2001'.
Together these poems reflect his ability to move between the remote and everyday, to combine intense vividness with philosophical insight.
'Paul Mills' poems are confident, perceptive, entertaining and assured.' Ian Parks, PQR
'Mature, philosophical and adventurous work… Paul Mills strikes me as one of the few poets writing today who is fully prepared not to play safe.' Paul Munden, PN Review
His fourth book of poems Dinosaur Point was the overall winner of the Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition 1999. His literary archive is held at Leeds University Brotherton Library, Special Collections. From October 2012 Paul will be Royal Literary Fellow at York University.
The Poetry Business, Leeds Poetry.