'Born in Birmingham, England, Paul Lester has published some thirty booklets of poetry, beginning with A Funny Brand of Freedom (Arts Lab Press,1975) , and his paperback collections are By the Scruff Of the Neck(BMI,1995) and Going For Broke(Protean,2004) .His poetry has been broadcast on BBC Radio One and the BBC World Service.
'He has performed his poetry with a variety of musical accompaniment.A 23-track CD is available from Protean Pubs entitled The Legend Of Lester featuring work spanning over twenty-five years with musicians whose styles range from reggae and rock (Lester And The Festers) to experimental jazz (Lester And The Brew) and, most recently, electronic synthesizer effects (Lester And The Loopster) .In 2008 a 16-track album appeared, entitled My Career As A Dead Man, and a further 16-track album, Walking Through Walls, came out in 2011. Some samples of his work combining poetry and music can be located on www.myspace.com/paullesterandthebrew and www.myspace.com/paullesteransdthebrew.
'Much of his work, which includes short fiction, is available from Protean Pubs'.
Everybody get your feet off the ground
Wherever on earth your feet are bound,
For beneath you the worms are moving around.
There are those who dream their lives away
Down at the Greasy Spoon Cafe
Where the tea's like mud the spoon stands up in
And the coffee leads to an early coffin.
One day my living room wall
Began to talk to me
And, naturally enough,
A reply was obligatory.
They made a splash from the first
As you might have guessed,
Took off, as if to water,
With their usual sort of zest,