Several of Paul's poems are available online at The Poem Tree. Two of his interesting essays are also online: The Enchanted Loom and The Shape of Poetry.
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"First, symmetrical forms such as sonnets, villanelles, and ballad stanzas are not static “received forms”; they evolve, like plants, through a process of iteration and feedback. The regular meter of formal poems is not a dull mechanical ticking, like a clock’s; it coalesces out of the rhythms of randomly jotted phrases through a process of “phase-locking”–a natural process that occurs, in the words of Briggs and Peat again, “when many individual oscillators shift from a state of collective chaos to beating together or resonating in harmony.” . . . the way the randomly flickering lights of fireflies become synchronous throughout a whole tree . . . -- Paul Lake, The Shape of Poetry (Contemporary Poetry Review, 14 July 2010)
* Since 2006 First Things has published four of my poems ("The Red Beads", "Eleven", "Mother's Day" and "Kyrielle") and one translation ("Niagara").