Paul Mount grew up in New Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia. He lived for almost a quarter-century in State College, PA, before moving to his beloved Folly Beach, SC.
He is a runner and a biker, and has completed a couple of marathons and triathlons. He is also something of a geek, but in the jack-of-all-trades sense, rather than a specific geek genre.
He is sweet and charming, usually witty, and presents a lively feast for sand fleas and mosquitoes alike. He is a nice guy, and so according to rule generally finishes last.
on Sep. 13, 2011 :
Paul Mount's "Folly Beach Love Story" is a fully realized cycle of poems and essays that describe his voyage to Folly Beach, SC, and his voyage through a cataclysmic year. He obviously stepped away from everything known into a new world, at the edge of America. During that year, he explored not only the beauty and challenge of his new surroundings but also the beauty and challenge of a new understanding of his emotional life.
Paul's poems are tiny masterworks. Although a great deal of emotion flows, the poems are never "clotted" with show-offy imagery. Every image is earned. Every emotion is earned. The poet's transitions during the year on Folly are described poignantly but with humor and clarity. I saw a clear connection between his acquiring knowledge and love for Folly Beach and for his new appreciation for emotional events, past and current.
Instead of being, "These are the poems I wrote that first year," this collection is "This is how I re-learned how to fall in love." Although site-specific, many of Paul's insights can be transferred to other experiences in the reader's life, clarifying those as well.
I know Paul will continue to refine and hone his writing skills. Thoroughly enjoyed his first book!
(reviewed long after purchase)