Spotlight Poet January 2019


Our featured poet of the month is Paul,

We know him as IntimidusRex or Rex on

Paul was born in North Hurts Hospital, Hitchin, Hertfordshire England. He currently resides in Rock Hill South Carolina but has also lived in Carmel NY, Plainview Long Island, Silver Spring Maryland and Kissimmee Florida.

Paul received his GED and went on to work in the food and beverage industry for forty years, as dishwasher, chef and sous chef, he spent eight years as executive chef at a major Florida resort.

He started writing poetry at the age of 38 when he came across an advertisement for a poetry competition and thought “what the hell, I’ll give it a try.”

He first started calling into the LNP shows and joined the LNP group in approximately September/October of the year 2016.

He describes the Late Night Poets “as a vast and varying group with unique thoughts, ideas and expression that pleases any interest, to read, comment, enjoy and experience.

When asked about his most valuable experience in LNP he says, “There are many who offer tidbits that I gravitate to, inhale and then learn from so that I can improve and hopefully enhance my own generative thought process in pen to page.

He has been published in 1995’s Songs On The Wind, from the national library of poetry

and Late Night Poets’ anthologies one two and three

except for future LNP anthologies he is not seeking publication at this time.

His favorite authors are Stephen King, Anne Rice, Clive Barker and Jules Verne.

His favorite poets are Jim Morrison, Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg

His favorite poems are Moonlight Drive

by Jim Morrison,

Love Song in Respect to Elliot by Rolin Ston

and Breathing Field by Wyatt Townley.

His favorite bands are Led Zepplin, The Doors and Black Sabbath.

He has no particular favorite websites, saying, “I go to where I can find that bit of information that leads down a thought that is etched within my skull thereby elucidating (I hope) where I was going.

His favorite quote is

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, then everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, til he sees all things through the narrow chinks of his cavern.”

~William Blake

If he could meet any two poets it would be Jim Morrison and Charles Bukowski, saying “that would be a unique experience treading very different waters but in realms they both see very clearly.”

His non-poetry interests include, gardening, wooded walks, stargazing, writing and music.

Something few people know about Paul is that he has to have his incense and for years he has been working on two storylines, The loon is on the loose and Valeyrhia.