Paul Horne

Culdaff beach, Donegal

Welcome to my poetry.

Poetry is a wonderful way of letting your mind go to all the wild and woolly places it sometimes shouldn’t. We can often understand ourselves a little more when we write creatively, and I think, on balance, that it’s often healthy to explore the dark corners of our mind, uncover the places where subconscious phobias and prejudice hide. Sometimes, when I read a poem back, I think I should maybe rewrite so as not to cause offence, but then a poem is just a picture in words, and often some of the best pictures can revolt us, anger us, confuse us and create negative reactions. That’s not to say they can’t also make us smile, laugh and have positive reactions too, but just as many actors say they have more fun playing the bad guys and girls, I have more fun playing with the grumpy, moody and just plain weird!

I’ve included a section “Explained” which shines a light on the background to each poem, or helps you to understand what the heck’s going on if you’re a bit baffled!

Thanks, Paul