Dr James Graham's Celestial Bed
Gaia Holmes is a Luddenden-born poet whose work digs beneath the surface of mundane, urban life to reveal a remarkable seam of exoticism. Her carnival of characters - bingo callers, burger sellers, critical theorists - are all cast from the least expected places but, rejuvenated by Gaia's verse, find a new voice and a new ability to captivate. Dr James Graham's Celestial Bed marks the arrival of yet another great Yorkshire poet.
Sassy and streetwise, dark and blue, these are poems that are high
on words; full of rich imaginings and dislocated love affairs, peopled
with ordinary folk made exotic and with the strange made true. Read
- Amanda Dalton
These poems are made from intense sensual experience, bursting
with colours, flavours and textures. Gaia Holmes has an eye for the
strangeness of things, from "fat lenses of jellyfish/packed in jigsaws
of ice" to the sounds and smells of the steelworks, where "metal shrieks
as it softens and throbs/under the core of heat".
- Jean Sprackland
There’s something in these poems that I can only call
‘detailed intimacy’ and ‘closely-worked humanity’; the language is
inclusive but still challenging and draws me in to reading after
reading. A splendid collection that will grow on you.
– Ian McMillan
'If our heart is heavy with desire it is almost impossible to enjoy our surroundings, no matter how lovely they are...'
– Frieda Hughes
Read Frieda Hughes' Times column on Gaia Holmes here.
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- 14 Mar 2006