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.

'Dr James Graham's Celestial Bed', (Comma Press, 2006)

in the middle of a poem
you draw
the shape of the plough
on the stickleback ridges
of my spine.
There is no first line
to explain the beginning
– from ‘Constellations’

Gaia is a graduate of Huddersfield University’s English with Creative Writing BA, and has previously made a living as a busker, a cleaner, a gallery attendant,an oral historian, a lollypop lady , a poet in residence at Bradford Library, a free lance writer and Creative writing lecturer.

As well as being a familiar face on the local poetry scene, Gaia Holmes is also known nationally. She has read at literary festivals throughout Britain and beyond. Her poem ‘Claustrophobia’ was highly commended in the ‘best individual poem’ category of the Forward Poetry Prize, 2007 and ‘A homesick truckie In The Algarve’ was the featured poem in Frieda Hughes’ weekly literary column in ‘The Times’ (May 2007).

Praise for Gaia’s work
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 them.’– 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

[Holmes’s] is a magical viewpoint that illuminates dark corners.’
– Northern Exposure, July 06

Her second collection, Occasional China, is due to be published by Comma Press in 2011

Read an interview about me and my work at ‘Rimbaud.org.uk

3 Responses to “ABOUT ME”

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