John Gallas Poetry







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





poem for August 2019



A Book-Tanka

There you were. And I

remembered how I loved you

and cried at the end.

You were with someone else.

A little battered. Ah, Tess !




What's Afoot ? Top Ten


1. Translations of Petrus Borel, the Lycanthrope, going well. 'Rhapsodies' volume nearly complete. 1st 6 taken by 'PN Review' for publication

2. A small find ! William Hoile/Hoyle, Fisherman Poet of Gorleston, Yarmouth : poems discovered and transcribed in Lowestoft Record Office ('The Fishermen's Alphabet', 'Weather Rhymes') - all details sent to John Goodridge for his mighty 'Labouring Poets' volume.

3. Won the 'Voices of Israel' Reuben Rose Poetry Competition with 'At the Funeral of a Ploughman'.

4. 'The Extasie - 50 love poems - now completed, and with Carcanet, awaiting a decision.

5. 'Here They Come ! 200 Loaded Tankas Delivering Goodness Fresh to Your Doorstep' (collection of 200 tankas) also completed. Bunches appearing in STAND and LANDFALL.

6. A sequence of little poems, 'The History of Mid Wales', written there, is due out in the forthcoming 'PN Review'.

7.. To complete the Year of 3 Books, 'Mad John's Walk' still available from Five Leaves ( and '17 Pacific Poems' from Indigo Dreams (

8. Won the National Association of Writers Group competition with 'At That Leicester Cafe', and the Earlyworks Poetry Competition.

9.. Go to STAND magazine's website ( for 4 love poems, and, forthcoming, more translations of Joachim de Bellay and some nutritious Tankas.

10. 'The Sloth', from 'The Alphabet of Ugly Animals', to be included in Vaughan Rapatahana's textbook for schoolkids in En Zed. (Complete with Exercises After !)


Complete Book List


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) now out

17 Very Pacific Poems (Indigo Dreams) now out

The Extasie ... forthcoming ?

Petrus Borel 'Rhapsodies', translated from the French by John & Kurt Gallas ... forthcoming ?




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STAND Magazine

Indigo Dreams publishing

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Mmm ...:
"The more man builds the wider will his desert be" - 'Cornelius Fidus'

Tess with someone else


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