John Gallas Poetry


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"Distant cures await our present pains" - 'Antarctic Sonnet'

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'the greatest New Zealand poet no one has ever heard of' (Spinoff)


Poem for December 2021


Little Whanganui

(from 'Aotearoa/Angleland: 30+30 tankas', now available to buy from New Walk Editions


Once I fell asleep

in Little Whanganui.

The Spring whitebaiters

swung their nets like giant sails.

My head lay in a paua.




What's Afoot? Top 10

Exciting times ...

1. 'Aotearoa/Angleland' - 30+30 tankas (see this month's poem, above) slim, beautiful pamphlet out this week. Buy at : an edited video of the Zoom launch/reading (with Belinda Rimmer, 'Holding On') is available to watch at

2. Won the Parkinsons Art Poet of the Year with a wonky sonnet in praise of Emma Goldman's invention of the Anarchist Hop ('If you can't dance, I don't want to join your revolution'). Happy cheque will pay for Christmas in Wales. Read the poem/award at

3. Prizewinner in the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Fest: a desert sonnet ('Umm Lahayi').

4. 'The Extasie', 64 love poems, now out, with its wonderful cover (and contents!). Available to buy at all good bookshops, or order from Amazon and/or

A SUNDAY TIMES SUMMER READ RECOMMENDATION (see also Financial Times Literary Supplement) and a fab review from 'coffeetime' ('love poetry at its best') - read at

5. 'Amado Nervo: Poems of Faith & Doubt' (my translations) now out from SLG Press, Oxford. AND the volume of Anglo-Saxon translations is on the way from the same publisher. You can order from

6. Petrus Borel 'Rhapsodies 1838' now also on the way from Carcanet Classics. Presently writing the promo package, blurb etc. Due out 2022. My translations with bro.

7. 'The Alphabet of Ugly Animals' accepted by Cerasus Publishing. We are sorting the pictures/drawings. This may be a poem + colouring-book.

8. 'Meet the Author' is now on the Carcanet blog :

9. 'The Gnawing Flood', a book of 28 anti-colonial poem-prints now out from brave and exciting Cerasus Publishing. Order @ The Gnawing Flood: Gallas, John: 9798592286063: Books

10. My SaxonShip Project 'anglo-saxon' poems and riddles are available at under 'Saxonship Poet: John Gallas'. Sign up, sponsor a rivet, and be a part of the great enterprise.


Complete Book List - we have reached 26 !

Practical Anarchy (Carcanet)

Flying Carpets Over Filbert Street (Carcanet)

Grrrrr (Carcanet)

Resistance is Futile (Carcanet)

The Ballad of Robin Hood and the Deer (Agraphia Press), pictures by Clifford Harper

The Ballad of Santo Caserio (Agraphia Press), pictures by Clifford Harper

The Song Atlas (Carcanet)

Star City (Carcanet)

The Book with Twelve Tales (Carcanet)

Fucking Poets (3 vols) (Cold Hub Press NZ)

40 Lies (Carcanet) pictures by Sarah Kirby

Fresh Air & The Story of Molecule (Carcanet)

52 Euros (Carcanet)

Pacifictions (Cold Hub Press NZ)

The Alphabet of Ugly Animals (Magpie Press)

Mad John's Walk (Five Leaves : Occasional Pamphlets) January 2017

The Little Sublime Comedy (Carcanet) 2018

17 Very Pacific Poems (Indigo Dreams) 2019

The Blood Book (Gerolstein Press)

The Gnawing Flood (Cerasus Publishing) 2021

The Extasie (Carcanet) 2021

Amado Nervo: Poems of Faith & Doubt (SLG Press, Oxford) 2021

Aotearoa/Angleland: 30+30 tankas (New Walk Editions) 2021

*Petrus Borel 'Rhapsodies', translated from the French by John & Kurt Gallas (Carcanet Classics) - due out 2022

* 'The Alphabet of Ugly Animals' (Cerasus) - due out 2022

* Contemplative Poetry vol.2 'Anglo-Saxon Poems' (SLG Press, Oxford) - dut out early 2022.



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STAND Magazine

Indigo Dreams publishing

Spinoff (NZ)

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SLG Press (Series of Contemplative Poetry)




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