Holes: Decade I
Graham Allen (2017)
Hardback, ISBN 978-0-9935803-3-8
Limited edition (only 100 copies), signed & numbered
Holes is a digital poem by Graham Allen that presents a new approach to autobiographical writing. It is a ten syllable one line per day poem which offers something less and something more than a window on the author’s life. Holes is a poetic vehicle for the exploration of chance, meaning, juxtaposition and language. On average, Holes draws over 800 unique readers each month.
Composition of Holes began on December 23rd, 2006. To mark the 10-year anniversary of the piece, a limited edition print volume of the text’s first decade has been released. This edition is limited to 100 signed and numbered copies, not all of which have been released to general sale. In addition to a decade’s worth of poetry, there are reflections by Graham Allen (author of Holes), James O’Sullivan (Founding Editor of New Binary Press), Marjorie Luesebrink (renowned e-lit author under the pen name M.D. Coverley), Anne Karhio (literary critic and scholar, NUI Galway), Michael Maguire (artist and founder of the Irish Electronic Literature Community), Nicholas Royle (Professor of English, University of Sussex), and Bonnie Ditlevsen (Editor of Penduline).
“A line a day produced in an untiring formal adventure cuts a way through an almost exhausted field.” — John W. Phillips (Professor of Literature)
“Holes may be defined as hollow places in solid ground or space-time, as openings that lead into and through something. Holes may be the hollow spaces left by absences, of people, creatures, thought, and therefore spaces that ask to be filled…or not. Began in 2006, Graham Allen’s epoem ‘Holes’, is a daily ten-syllable thought clip, that uses language to picture his reflections on being. ‘Holes’ is a prodigious tunnelling through of philosophy, politics and domesticity, and which affirms that nothing in life is quotidian. The changes in mood, (bemusement, anger, accusation, amusement, sadness and even bleakness), which may hold for a series of lines, are particularly interesting, in that they carry with them a sense of immediacy, a truthfulness from the commentary. This is a hugely important and intelligent work, by a man fully engaged with living and being present in the world.” — Eleanor Hooker (writer and poet)