Post-Holiday Blues is Gerry Stewart's first collection from Flambard Press.
Should you have a touch of the post-holiday blues yourself, exploring the work of a poet is a very good antidote.
As well as the beautiful title poem, others like this one will refresh your mental palate at the start of the new year.
Jeg Skal Aldri Grte (I Shall Never Cry)
The sun fades
over the lightly sketched
I am alone, walking along
shadows of stone walls.
Here, the rain running in streams
over dark earth can be my language.
Hay threshers, caught like dinosaurs
in the clear ice-sky,
wait with me for the return of the sun.
Beyond these empty fields
lies a house with closed faces
and the endless muted blues
of horizon and sea.
I move back into the shelter
of stone-hard hills.
You can borrow Post-Holiday Blues (Flambard Press, 2007) from the Scottish Poetry Library, which also lends by post. Tel: 0131-557 2876, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.spl.org.uk