Dinosaur Point



In the eighties Paul Mills and his family lived in California, and travelled round the Western United States. Some years after their return he began a new life with his children as a single parent.

Certain moments, hardly noticed at the time, on reflection seem to have had direct designs on the future. They open up perspectives, emotional as well as physical, into a new space.

These poems revisit and dramatise these experiences, which fly up like fragments from an underground explosion, from a place which offered no sign.

An impressive voice with a distinctive authority and range  Michael Schmidt

Ambitious and wide ranging  TLS


Dinosaur Point was the overall winner of the 1999 Book & Pamphlet Competition.

It rewards and withstands a lot of rereading. What I especially like is the rather apprehensive feeling that absolutely anything can happen…that means great freedom – and a lot of provisional mental or imaginative systems, a big kit of metaphysical templates. His poems are genuine flying machines – bits and pieces from half the world in the rigging – but they take off, and have that sort of beauty which works in the world and is meant to.  Ted Hughes (of Half Moon Bay, Carcanet, 1993)