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Paul-Newell Reaves

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:

Incredibly proud that Stone of Madness Press has offered to publish excerpts from my long poem Knowing from a Venezuelan Madhouse in their fifth issue, coming to internet everywhere on November 1st of 2020.

Lawrence Mack, Baltimore-based musician and composer, has commissioned me to write the libretto for his new opera, with the working title “Benign Neglect.”

I have finalized conditions with Sandi Carpenter– major D.C.-based Interior Designer and co-owner of Theodore’s in Glover Park– to ghostwrite her Autobiography. We have reached the secondary interview stage and are finalizing third drafts for chapters Tales from Theodore’s, The Politics of Furniture, A Police-Escorted Move Out, and Nicholas Carpenter. The next chapter we will start will be My Strength Built as a Female Escort. (more exciting details to come, as the project develops)

The Slag Review has picked up a poem of mine, “Coral Reef”.  Publication forthcoming, in issue 13 (my lucky number).

BIO:  Paul-Newell Reaves is a poet and educator from Washington, D.C.  As former owner of a musicians roadie business, he has driven bands as far as Miami and Las Vegas.  He holds a Masters Degree in English from George Washington University with focuses in Modernist Poetry and Disability Studies. Additionally, he works as a freelance editor and independent writing tutor.  He wishes you peace and contentment.

Those published include,

[except from] “Knowing from a Venezuelan Madhouse” Stone of Madness Press, forthcoming.

“Coral Reef” Slag Review, forthcoming.

“A Lamppost Named Mark” defenestrationism.net , 2020.
One of my favorites, read it, here.

“Skulls and Dice” Dirty Chai Magazine, January 2015.
Enjoy a republication:

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

“Another Love Away” defenestrationism.net , 2013.
Enjoy a republication:

Another love away

Fly, pretty love, fly away.
Don’t worry about me, I’ll be OK.
For my next love is but another love away.

Another love away, another love away,
my new love is now another love away.

I met her in the morning,
before she’d done her hair;
I kissed her in the evening,
when her scenes were over.

Another love away, my love, another
love will while away,
for my old love is now a whole
new love away.

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

“Five Gin Gimlets” thegimletmagazine.com , 2010.

Published Critical Essays include,

Lengthy Poem Talk given at the National Writers’ Union District of Columbia Chapter, April 26th, 2020

“Psychodynamic Client Perspective” Routledge, 2018.

“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.

Internet Radio:

“The Lyricists’ Watch Hour:” Cruddy Rite Radio, 2014- present.
Sundays and Mondays, 7pm Eastern Standard Time.
Twice weekly I examine the lyrics of full albums as literary texts. 
2017-18 season all concept albums.
2018-19 season featured Bob Dylan albums. 
2019-20 season will focus on albums from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, especially those released by the record label Draztik Measurez.

click for summery of Paul-Newell Reaves’ music .

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