In his third volume of poems John Gilham ponders his place in the world: child of the war-wracked 20th century, facing the environmental challenges of the 21st, yet finding enough to celebrate in close observation of the natural world, in the music of cities, the exhilaration of weather and the power of love.
Memory is a two-edged sword: it is both “a disease we must survive” and “lifts the heart”. Transitions, crossings, borders fascinate him. Fear and despair wrestle with moments of joy and revelation.
“John Gilham takes us on a magical mystery tour through time and place, winding from `the wide sky` above the hare, through dark of warzone and murder scene, ravaging storm and threat to nature, onward into the light of childhood, love and wisdoms we collect along the way. At times humorous, at times sensitive, he provokes thought in the reader with his own authentic voice.”
Adrienne Silcock, Writer and Poet