Lifting The Piano With One Hand

The poetry of Gaia Holmes delves deep beneath the urban and the quotidian to reveal a strange and exotic other-life. This, her much-anticipated second collection, champions the survivor and celebrates the indomitability of the self, measuring at each turn the cost suffered against the hope retained, the loss still felt against the new-found strength of starting afresh.

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Much-anticipated second collection from the winner of the 2016 Bare Fiction Poetry Prize

'More like incantation or witchcraft – these poems are spells, taking the most ordinary and mundane of things, including jokes and sadness, and working some metamorphosis on them, so they shine like stars – tiny but brilliant.’ – Sara Maitland


‘Like the narrator of her title poem, Gaia Holmes performs elegant feats, her language effortless and remarkable. This is a haunting but often witty collection, the poems alive to both ‘’the sweet and the sour / moments of life.’’’ – Helen Mort

‘Here we see Holmes deepening the distinctive voice which made Dr James Graham’s Celestial Bed such an impressive debut. With frailty and ferocity, she finds the sacred and discordant in the everyday. Empty teacups and beds are brimful of loss. Sex is sweet, sour and subversive. All this in a style which is as accessible as it is challenging. An engaging collection from a poet going from strength to strength.’ – Cathy Galvin


‘Gaia Holmes became my favourite contemporary female poet the moment I read her potent, enchanting art. A wordsmith chef mixing the magic of the concrete and sensory with the imaginative, she is like a young Lady Prospero, able to make eiderdown moonlight or lift a neglected piano up to the skylight.’ – Joan Jobe Smith


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Book Details

ISBN-10
1905583273
ISBN-13
9781905583270
Published
12 Sep 2011

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Gaia Holmes

Gaia Holmes is a young poet who mixes the urban with the exotic, with bulletins that cover everything from early morning buses to late night stree…
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