Paul Archer is a poet and translator of the Chieko Poems by the Japanese poet, Kotaro Takamura, and the El Diván del Tamarit book of poems by the Spanish poet, Federico Garcia Lorca.
His poems have been published in various literary magazines and poetry websites. He takes a wry look at life, finding the eternal in the ephemeral. He has produced a limited edition portfolio of poems in collaboration with the artist Geoff MacEwan entitled "Natural Causes" from which the pictures below are taken.
He translates from Japanese, Spanish, Russian and German. His translations of the Chieko collection of poems by Kotaro Takamura (1883 - 1956) are particularly well-known. The poems describe the poet's love affair with Chieko including their courtship, marriage, the trauma of her mental breakdown, and her death. The poems are remarkable for their confessional sensibility which has had a ground breaking effect on the course of modern Japanese poetry.
His lyrics are in various genres ranging from the classical to pop and jazz and he has been fortunate in his collaborations with composers, singer-songwriters and musicians.
Paul is a graduate of Oxford University and has pursued a career in the UK, Europe and Japan. He currently divides his time between homes in England and Mallorca.
He invites readers to contact him with their comments on the poems, lyrics or translations.