I was delighted to receive a copy of Paul's book The Puzzle Box. It's a must read for anyone who is a fan of his Ginga Tao blog, and if you're not a fan yet, why not start reading his work today, here....
The Puzzle Box starts with a letter to a Mr Valesquez, thanking him for the gift of a Chinese Puzzle Box. Not quite poetry, not quite short fiction, some of the pieces that follow feel very cinematic and feature recurring characters (including a jazz pianist and two mysterious Japanese gentlemen, one of whom may or may not be the film director Takeshi Kitano) and recurring items (including the puzzle box but also various hats and a ball with a bell in it) and themes (including tattoos and the meaning of poetry). The writing is clever and visual, my favourite part is probably this, the ending of (...)
if the thought is the poem before it is slowed
by words it hides in here,...,
or in here 'x'
or in (you)
But best of all is the way all the pieces play off each other, tied together by the recurring elements. I really would like to see the film of this book.....