Somewhere in HeavenWednesday 17 February 2010, 6pm, Gallery North, Northumbria University.
New Poetry Collection by Tom Kelly
Published by Red Squirrel Press
In this Kelly's fourth collection and third for Red Squirrel he displays the qualities much admired in his previous work, his concern with and a sense of loss in his north-east community. This is shown in a number of poems perhaps more especially in Sunday in Winter where a man searches for his past life and wonders if it was a dream, "some stranger'' life rifled/allowed a dream to sneak in, filch its corrupt way into this unbearable aching."
He walks along the Tyne and charts the changes, the loss of heavy industry and its impact in poem upon poem "A man with a dog/held on the horizon, his memories a coin, precious to the touch."
In Somewhere in Heaven Tom Kelly moves from individual Catholic childhood experiences out into the wider social sphere before heading back to the homeland of the heart: the collection is starker than its predecessors, capturing a world we need to hear and see.