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Lifting the Piano with One Hand

Authors: Gaia Holmes

Published by Comma Press

ISBN: 9781905583270

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Gaia Holmes’s work delves beneath the urban and the everyday, to reveal a strange and exotic other-life. Her much anticipated second collection champions the point of view of the survivor, celebrating the indomitability of the poetic spirit, whilst measuring loss still felt against the new-found strength of starting afresh.

“There’s something in these poems that… draws me in to reading after reading. A splendid collection that will grow on you.”
Ian McMillan

“Sassy and streetwise, dark and blue, these are poems that are high on words; full of rich imaginings and dislocated love affairs… Read them.”
Amanda Dalton

Gaia Holmes was born in Luddenden, West Yorkshire. Her first collection, Dr James Graham’s Celestial Bed, was published by Comma Press in 2006. Her poem ‘Claustrophobia’ was Highly Commended in 2007 Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem, and ‘A homesick truckie In The Algarve’ was a featured poem in the Times in the same year. She lives in Halifax.

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