Will Eaves' first book of poems explores several continents, moods and stages of life. Common experience - of growing up, growing older, losing a parent, being in love, enjoying the natural world in all its nearness and remoteness - provides his themes. Wherever they are set, in the Australian bush or in a West Country sickroom, the poems keep faith with the consolations that come from close observation and stillness. Well-loved authors and books appear suddenly; hair-raising anecdotes and football matches become occasions for elegiac comedy; and, music and domestic ritual raise ghosts. Both formal and informal, funny and sad, these lyrical poems seek out a strangeness in the everyday: in the transformational territory of childhood and the equally uncertain adult world of grief and loss.
Will Eaves was born in Bath in 1967. His novels The Oversight (2001) and Nothing To Be Afraid Of (2005) are both published by Picador; a third will follow in 2012. He has been the Arts Editor of the Times Literary Supplement since 1995. Sound Houses, his first full collection of poems, will be published by Carcanet in September 2011.