James Roome (a published student)
The Red Ceilings Press

About the publication

Bull establishes an alternative reality. One in which a Bull can be an artist and costume designer. One in which a Bull can act as a guide for a man who is profoundly lost.


“A fabulously funny and oddly moving first collection. It reads like Ted Hughes crossed with James Tate, but James Roome has a distinctive voice all his own. It is a voice which promises great things to come.”

Ian Seed

“James Roome’s Bull is both distinctive and oddly seductive. Bull is his own person, and when you’re with him it’s hard to leave for anywhere else. I thought of Ed Dorn’sGunslinger and Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, but both shot through with a humour all its own. Mostly, though, I thought of Bull, and how much he had gotten inside me. This is a wonderful book.”

Nikolai Duffy

“The first time I read “Bull” it was as a quick and enjoyable ten minute read, and “quick and enjoyable” doesn’t happen very often with poems, and I wish it did. The second time I read it I managed to spill a glass of red wine everywhere, so scrub that one. Third time around I found myself reading a poet in conversation with himself, a conversation of exploration and enquiry and still, thank goodness, enjoyable. This may, of course, be a wholehearted misreading, but the best poems can be misread and yet still yield good things, and then surprise you the fourth time around.”

Martin Stannard