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