John Gallas Poetry


Mmm ...:
"Our closest dreams are less than the hearts that make them" - 'At the Funeral of a Nationalist'

Ham and Lettice 1


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


Poem for October 2020



Time passeth : a tanka


Ham forgave Lettice,

something he wouldn’t have done

twenty years ago :

I guess people change their minds

to avoid changing their lives.




What's Afoot ? Top Ten

1. Due out from Carcanet 2022 : my and bro's translation of Petrus Borel's 'Rhapsodies' (1868). To be a 'Carcanet Classic'.

2. Due out from Carcanet (official) April 2021 : my book of love poems, 'The Extasie'.

3. The tanka collection, 'Here They Come ! 200 Tankas Delivering Goodness Straight to your Doorstep' is to be published by New Walk Editions (Leicester University) probably Winter 2021.

4. Bronze Medal in the Cerasus Poetry Olympics 2020. Publication of 'The Gnawing Flood' (27 anti-colonial poem-prints)

5. 2nd prize in the Cork Poetry Meets Politics Fest.

6. 2nd prize in the Lucent Dreaming Competition.

7. 3rd prize in the Strokestown International Poetry Fest.

8. 'The Long Poem Magazine' to publish my and bro's translation of Jean Genet's 11page poem 'Fisherman : Le Suquet' in Issue 24. A brave undertaking.

9. Lockdown Task Completed : 'Not Fade Away' - complete gravestone/graveyard rhymes of 16 NW Leicestershire churches collected, recorded and filed. Offering copies of each set to each church.

10. The John Clare Project is now online at Oxford Brookes University website :


Complete Book List - we have reached 22 !

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 Extasie (Carcanet) - due out May 2021

*Petrus Borel 'Rhapsodies', translated from the French by John & Kurt Gallas (Carcanet Classics) - due out January 2021

*Here They Come ! 200 Tankas Delivering Goodness Straight to your Doorstep !' (New Walk Editions) - probably winter 2021

*'The Gnawing Flood' (anti-colonial poem-prints) (Cerasus late 2021)



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STAND Magazine

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Ham & Lettice 2


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