Kevin Gillam

Kevin Gillam is a Western Australian writer with poems published in numerous journals in Australia and overseas. He has two books of poems published, both by Sunline Press, Other Gravities (2003) and Permitted to Fall (2007). He works as Head of Music at Christchurch Grammar School and free-lances as a cellist and conductor. He is married with two stepchildren.

Kevin has worked with Nova's Artistic director, David Pye, on a number of projects, most significantly, the seasons - a setting of 12 poems (one for each month of the year) for reciter and large chamber ensemble.


late summer
I lift you into
the kitchen
Bach beside the backdoor
the late afternoon sun
like strained tea over
leaf and lawn

my fingers know you as home
thrumming out their mantra of memory
singing as I sway
and forget

and when I remember
I'm holding you
the backyard in shadow
summer has gone