Paul Archer is a poet, lyricist and translator.
His poems have been published in various literary magazines and poetry websites. They explore our interaction with the external world and are sometimes wry but often celebratory, looking to find the eternal in the ephemeral. Among his works is a portfolio of poems entitled "Natural Causes" which was produced in collaboration with the artist Geoff MacEwan from which the pictures below are taken.
He 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 embraces various genres ranging from classical to pop and jazz. Some have been set to music, others are waiting for a musical home. He enjoys working with composers and welcomes contact from those wanting to collaborate with a lyricist on future projects.
Paul is a graduate of Oxford University and has lived in the UK, Europe and Japan. He currently divides his time between England and Mallorca.
He appreciates readers' feedback and comments on the poems, lyrics and translations.