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Paul Austin

Paul AustinPaul Austin collection Notes on Hard Times was published by Village Books Press. His work has appeared in such publications as This Land, Sugar Mule, Oklahoma Review, More Monologues by Men, Newport Review, and two of his poems are published in Speak Your Mind, the 2019 anthology of Woody Guthrie Poets. He’s currently working on three other collections Actors, Mother and Son, and Persons of Influence. Late Night Conspiracies, a collection of his writings was performed with jazz ensemble at New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre. He has written for and about the theatre in essays, poetry and plays. In his theatre career he has acted and directed On and Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, summer stock, and regional theatres around the nation, as well as acting for television and film.

About Notes on Hard Times

Notes on Hard TimesThis collection of poems by Paul Austin are empathetic and positive-leaning po, many of them performance pieces. The titles alone indicate this writer's interests and passions: to battle for social justice, to express outrage against hypocrisies and home-grown terror and to celebrate grace, love, and music as antidotes to the horrors and crimes of "those who govern." This collection of lyric poetry, along with prose-poems, is music with harsh, smart edges and tender movements.

"These poems exist within and beyond the 'fear of the approaching dark,' yet they are not dark. From the poet's opening 'note for hard times,' the stage is set for these empathetic and positive-leaning poems, many of them performance pieces. The titles alone indicate this writer's interests and passions: to battle for social justice, to express outrage against hypocrisies and home-grown terror and to celebrate grace, love, and music as antidotes to the horrors and crimes of 'those who govern.' This collection of lyric poetry, along with prose-poems, is music with harsh, smart edges and tender movements." - Barry Wallenstein, author, Drastic Dislocations: New and Selected Poems (NYQ Books,2012)