Poetry. Winner of the 2013 The Bitter Oleander Press Library Award for Poetry. "Hand art on Paleolithic cave walls is the artery, but observations like cut gemstones are woven into Tom Holmes' exciting tapestry of THE CAVE with its hunger for mystery to balance you along the edge: 'When the wall opens, / I am lightning in the antelope's antlers / and the stripe along its jaw.' These poems wrestle with the concept of time. They want to capture time, yet realize that time is elusive. So, they attempt to understand time through concrete experience, which poses its own dilemma. Even 'The Needle,' a vehicle which hopes to stitch the fabric designed to apprehend time, is ephemeral: 'Let me tell you about the needle. / It is and it is not. It points / to what will be, and what it isn't...' Undeterred, the poet continues his quest. Enjoy this exciting journey through the primordial future."—Alan Britt
Tom Holmes is the editor of Redactions: Poetry & Poetics. He is author of THE CAVE (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2014), Poems for an Empty Church (Palettes & Quills Press, 2011), The Oldest Stone in the World (Amsterdam Press, 2011), HENRI, SOPHIE, & THE HIERATIC HEAD OF EZRA POUND: POEMS BLASTED FROM THE VORTEX (BlazeVOX Books, 2009), Pre-Dew Poems (FootHills Publishing, 2008), Negative Time (Pudding House, 2007), After Malagueña (FootHills Publishing, 2005), and Poetry Assignments: The Book (Sage Hill Press, forthcoming). He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize seven times, and his work has appeared a number of times on Verse Daily, as well as numerous journals.
Author City: HATTIESBURG, MS USA