Bolt Down This Earth


Davies evokes psychological states of inner turmoil via language which is estranged and troubling, yet beautifully constructed in its disaffection
Litter Magazine

Bolt Down This Earth is published by V. Press and is Gram Joel Davies’ first poetry colleciton.

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Bolt Down This Earth pulses with energy. These poems hang between ambition and loss; they span survival in the home and on hilltops, stretch over break-ups and break-downs. Gram Joel Davies strips back the boards of existence to look at the wires—searching for human voices where the breeze hums though cable or branch. Adolescent ritual turns to a “lightbulb crushed into light.” His imagery is electrifying. Harmony and dissonance cause unexpected meanings to crackle and spark, while scenes and relationships fuse, so that a “power station is an ice cube / across the mica flats / and cider stymies us.”

Bolt Down This Earth is very vital and very charged.

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Poetry Book Society, Spring 2017

These poems fluctuate between intense personal moments such as quietly mourning a man still living: “When his whimper finally breaks, /a ring of light hides everything”, to wider shared experiences as described in his poem ‘Clubbers’. Unatnticipated meanings arise and Davies leaves ample space for the readers’ own interpretations. A striking collection, full of vitality and enjoyment of the poetic craft.

See book on Poetry Book Society website.

Review: ‘The Knowledge Weapon’ by Annette C. Boehm (Bare Fiction 2016), for The Lake

Boehm’s subject matter ranges and intrigues. So many voices, like the many heads of Mombi. Figures of literary canon crop up, with appearances by King Midas, Lewis Carroll and Elizabeth Bishop. Frequently in a retro mode, Boehm has a preoccupation with outdated science and the propriety of another age. Think of titles such as “A is for Atom—An Instructional Film (1952)”, “a Bird, a Plane, a Man” or “How to Use the Commodore, 1982”, which manufacture a fantastical America of yesteryear, and manage to be both nostalgic and never more than a shade away from sinister. I love the old-school geekiness.

Read the full review in The Lake, June 2017

Wells Fountain Poets, Monday 5th June, 8pm, Rose and Crown, St John Street, Wells (BA5 1SW)

I’ll read for 1/2 hour and there is also an open floor for poetry readings later.

From Wells Fountain Poets Website:

Next month we shall be meeting in the Cocktail Bar at the back of the Rose and Crown, St John Street, Wells (BA5 1SW) on MondayJune 5th, 7.45 for 8pm start. Free parking round the corner in Broad Street or at the Bus Station car-park.
The featured poet on this occasion will be Gram Joel Davies – see below.

The charge is normally £2. Meetings start promptly at 8pm and finish about 9.30 or 10. They are friendly and informal. There is a lot of laughter and occasionally a few tears. We listen in a spirit of respect to every poem, whether it comes from a published poet or a complete beginner. Each reader gets a chance to read two poems. Some people come just to listen, and some listeners become contributors.

See you there!

Launch! Bolt Down This Earth (@vpresspoetry) Live at The Arts House, Bristol, 24th May, 7-9pm

Book launch party, everyone welcome.

Bolt Down This Earth (from V. Press 2017) is “very vital and very charged”. Gram Joel Davies reads from his début collection.

Special guests Ben Banyard (see Clear Poetry; Indigo Dreams)
and Tom Sastry (Laureate’s Choice, Smith/Doorstep).

An evening of poetry.

Plus, music to lift your hat off from David Bosankoe! (

Please join us to help celebrate the release of Bolt Down This Earth. Meet up, listen, enjoy. All poets’ books available at discount. Bar on site.

£2 on door. 7pm.
The Arts House,
108A Stokes Croft
Bristol, United Kingdom

What the critics say about Gram’s poetry:

“I was entranced by his reading and by his assured writing ability and equally assured delivery”
Steve Spence, Shearsman

“Full-throated and confident in its own power to convince”
Martin Malone, The Interpreter’s House

“Weaving something rich and new that casts its melancholy spell over the reader, but never excludes them”
Julia Webb, Nine Arches

“He has a presence and the voice to bring it all together”
Paul Tobin, Lapwing

Reader Feedback, April 2017

Gram Joel Davies’s first collection is a delight; the poems show a confidence-inspiring level of craft that is never forced. His language, while often condensed, is never over-dense and I was drawn to chew and mull, the better to enjoy the sounds and to access the layers of meaning. There is playfulness here too, and a surrealist touch that lifts the poems with a jolt of surprise to the reader. The book’s blurbs don’t mention the eroticism of some of the poems — so hard to do and he pulls it off with aplomb! I recommend this book without reservation.

—Jinny Fisher on Bolt Down This Earth