'the greatest New Zealand poet no one has ever heard of' (Spinoff)
Can you solve this ?
TO HELP YOU : Picture clues of poets, line by line, appearing through November on John Gallas Facebook pages)
1st complete solution emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org wins a copy of '17 Very Pacific Poems' to be published by Indigo Dreams in December. (www.indigodreams.co.uk)
To find the name of an English poet :
identify the poet of each line
use EITHER the christian name or surname initial
unscramble for the poet's full name
an Ayrshire cow
bristling with jackstraw
face flecked with pomace
does it just seem dirty ?
Rain has darkened the earth’s dark
rings of light coiling downwards
wind oozing thin through the thorn.
At length slow evening came
bleak winter light across wet English meadows
under old trees the shadows of young leaves.
Showers fall upon the hills
the beeches keep a stormy rest.
Cold is the wind – the flowers below
no use : they continue to grow.
What's Afoot ? Top Ten
1. 'The Little Sublime Comedy' now out from Carcanet. See schedule and catalogue, and order from www.carcanet.co.uk
2. Won the Earlyworks Poetry Competition : prize money spent on ferns for a revived front garden. Thank you Earlyworks
3. 2nd Prize in the Mclellan Arran Festival Poetry competition.
4. Look out for Interview and poems Back Home (NZ) @ SPINOFF (www.thespinoff.co.nz) courtesy of Bill Manhire : quote at the top of this page
5. Won the Indigo Dreams pamphlet competition with '17 Very Pacific Poems' : to be published by them in December
6. Thanks to Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham, for publishing 'Mad John's Walk' which is available there, or by post. ph 0115 8373097 / email email@example.com / www.fiveleavesbookshop.co.uk or from me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
7. Go to STAND magazine's website (www.standmagazine,org) for 4 love poems, and, forthcoming, translations of Joachim de Bellay.
8. Both 'Pacifictions' and 'Fucking Poets' have sold out. Thank you, Cold Hub Press NZ.
9. The work-in-progress collection of Donne-ish Love Poems has reached No.63.
10. Go to YouTube for 'The Blobfish Sings Under the Sea'. 'Down Tallapike', 'Funeral at Salem'.
Complete Book List
Practical Anarchy (Carcanet)
Flying Carpets Over Filbert Street (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) out this month
17 Very Pacific Poems (Indigo Dreams) to be published December 2017
John Gallas Poetry www.johngallaspoetry.co.uk
Carcanet blog www.carcanetblog.blogspot.co.uk
John Gallas Facebook
Cold Hub Press (NZ) www.coldhubpress.co.nz
Five Leaves Left publishing/bookshop (Mad John's Walk) www.fiveleaves.co.uk
Agraphia / Clifford Harper www.agraphia.co.uk
YouTube (Paterau Sonnent / The Blobfish Sings Under the Sea)
STAND Magazine www.standmagazine.org
Indigo Dreams publishing www.indigodreams.co.uk