The Holy Longing is a debut collection from a powerful new voice. These confessional poems by Vera Graziadei celebrate the wonder and mystery of everyday experience, from the marvels of solitude and creativity, to the trials and joys of human relationships, to moments of spiritual reflection and enlightenment. The Holy Longing encourages readers to realise the momentous role that passion can play in our lives, as a source of inner strength, of healing, and of personal discovery. Graziadei’s rich and evocative verse finds wisdom in love and sensuality, in pain and loss, and in the majesty of the natural world. Her lyrical poetry is intimate and universal, elegant and wild, sensual and visceral, brimming with energy and emotion. Graziadei’s restlessness and curiosity makes The Holy Longing a compelling and life affirming collection, recognising imaginative possibilities in the places we least expect to find them.

BOOK REVIEWS

5.0 out of 5 stars. “The Holy Longing is a book of rich spiritual and philosophical depth. I recommend this book for considerate readers of verse.” by Reading Lit

5.0 out of 5 stars. “Loved this, I couldn’t put it down, each time I read it I got more from it, particularly recommend for anyone on a spiritual path. Beautiful poetry.” Martin Barr

5.0 out of 5 stars. Existential delight. Beautiful language. Good poetry makes the personal universal. Great poetry, like The Holy Longing, touches the heart and feeds the soul. A wonderful collection of poems that sets you adrift on an ocean of emotion. Highly recommended. 

5.0 out of 5 stars. “The Holy Longing is a debut collection of new poems. I chose to read this book on National Poetry Day as I’d never read anything by Vera Graziadei before. I’m glad I did. These poems are lyrical and sensual.” by Sue Frances

5.0 out of 5 stars. “The poems aren’t just good, they aren’t just great, but completely and utterly timeless. I have never read anything nearly as good as what is in this book. I’m sort of bewildered that it even exists. It would be impossible to exaggerate how important and wonderful this book is as no other words other than the elegant and profound ones you’ll find within this lovely release would suffice. If that all “elusive source” of all true poetic myth is indeed real…Vera is Her priestess.” M.

5.0 out of 5 stars. “Hidden in each piece are countless treasures. The nuance and meanings are many found as your read each piece over and over. Her words have touched my heart countless times.” David Holmstrom

5.0 out of 5 stars. “The Holy Longing is a great collection of poems. It was a great experience to be able to read the book and I hope she will release more of her amazing art.” by Zsofia Kerenyi

4.0 out of 5 stars. “I really enjoyed this brief poetry book that provided not only emotional interest but had some great design in the book that kept us looking at words very differently.” by Meagan Loyd