Paul Archer is a poet, lyricist and translator.
His poems are triggered by sharply focused observation of the present and then are taken in new directions that reveal the extraordinary that underlies the ordinary. His collection of his poems entitled 'Dynamo Memory' was inspired by his time spent in England, Japan and Mallorca, and the poems explore how memories of the past merge with present day realities and enrich them with new meanings and perspectives.
Among his previous works is 'Natural Causes', a limited edition portfolio of poems and etchings produced in collaboration with the artist Geoff MacEwan whose work is held in the National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, the V&A in London, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and other public collections. Some photos of the 'Natural Causes' etchings are show below.
In his work as a translator, Paul Archer has translated poems by Kotaro Takamura, Federico Garcia Lorca, Miguel de Cervantes, Antonio Colinas, Mario Benedetti, Eugenio Montale and Ingeborg Bachmann among others. The aim of his English translations is to bring the poetry that he admires to a wider audience. His translations of Takamura's 'Chieko' collection of poems and Lorca's 'El Diván del Tamarit' and 'Sonetos del Amor Oscuro' are particularly well-known.
His lyrics embrace various genres ranging from classical to pop and jazz. Several of his lyrics for classical music have been set by composers and have received performances in concerts and on CD. Click on the lyrics link on the left for more details.
Paul graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in English Language and Literature. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and and has lived in London, Tokyo and Mallorca.
He appreciates readers' feedback and comments on the poems, lyrics and translations, so please get in touch with him!