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(Notice the hand in shirt, Napoleon style.)

Let me first explain something about my name: Paul-Newell is my first name, a double first name.  Reaves is my last name, a singular last name– like Superman actor Christopher Reeve, but different.  There was a feud.

In Northern Alabama, where my dad hails from, half the family were rum-runners, the other half Baptist priests.  So the one half changed their name from Reeves to Reaves.  Whether I’m on the side of the priests or the mobsters is open to myth-making.

But the point is, my name is Paul-Newell Reaves.  And you may call me Paul-Newell.

The Latest:

The Slag Review has picked up a poem of mine, “Coral Reef”.  So stoked I’ll have to do a Snoopy dance.

Publication forthcoming, in issue 13 (my lucky number), July 1st ’19.

Have I ever told you why 13 is my lucky number– why on my every baseball jersey I wore 13, even today on my adult league?  I grew-up at number 13 on my block.  That worked out well for me.  I didn’t die.  Grown-up, double check.

Then in April of ’18, I was pedestrian struck.  On a Friday.  In April.  Friday the 13th of April.  Also didn’t die.  I jumped.  Like flickin’ Batman, I jumped and rolled on that distracted bastard’s hood.  Hurt like all-get-up, though.  That distracted bastard.  But, I didn’t die.  Lucky.


Poems published include,

“Skulls and Dice” Dirty Chai Magazine, January 2015.

          “One possession I honestly own in this post-humanist world?
          my skull. 
And one honest action mine, as well:
          to roll the dice.”

“Black Hood”  misfitsmiscellaneous.wordpress.blogspot.com , 2011.

“Five Gin Gimlet’s” thegimletmagazine.com , 2010.


Published Critical Essays include,

“Psychodynamic Client Perspective” Routledge, 2019.

“Meanings in Madness: a mental disability studies reading of Ezra Pound’s ‘Pisan Cantos'” Refworks, 2016.

“Albums as Texts” bi-weekly column, chamberfour.com , 2013-2014.


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Twice weekly I examine the lyrics of full albums as literary texts.  2018-19 season features every Bob Dylan album.  2019-20 season will be every Prince album.

(Note the powerfist and crossed fingers.)

BIO:  Paul-Newell Reaves is a poet and educator from Washington, D.C.  As owner, operator of a musicians roadie business, he has driven bands as far as Miami and Las Vegas.  Additionally, he works as an freelance editor and independent writing tutor.  He wishes you peace and contentment.

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