In the gardens of the Baths of the Caliphate of Cordoba
Beneath the high hats of Sorrow
lie the long imagined gardens of Delight.
Here, writes Ibn Hatem,
the branches of the trees
entwine like lovers,
if they stand
a little far apart
to be in a position of
Turtle doves tuck up to sleep
like beating hearts
in the moonlight.
What's Afoot ? Top Ten
1. Won the Indigo Dreams pamphlet competition with '17 Very Pacific Poems' : to be published by them in August.
2. Won the Stiwdio Maelor Poetry Competition with an 'Origami Poem : How to Make a Chough' : 2 weeks' residency in Wales in the second half of March.
3. Thanks to Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham, for standing-room-only reading with Tim Youngs and Rory Waterman. Five Leaves also just published 'Mad John's Walk' which is available there, or by post. ph 0115 8373097 / email firstname.lastname@example.org / www.fiveleavesbookshop.co.uk
4. Go to STAND magazine's website (www.standmagazine,org) for 4 love poems.
5. Completed Mad John's Walk, following John Clare from the Asylum in Epping Forest to his home in Northborough. He did 80 miles in 2 days, I did 145 in 5 days, not being able to use the A1, as he did, and stay alive : published by Five Leaves (see no.1).
6. Thanks to the English Association students for putting on the reading of 'Mad John's Walk' event at The Exchange, Leicester : at which we sold out of available copies ... more to come, see No.2.
7. Carcanet are to publish 'The Little Sublime Comedy' in June 2017 (see schedule and catalogue @ Carcanet www.carcanet.co.uk )
8. conducting a very lengthy interview for NZ/Carcanet poet Bill Manhire : to be released, on completion, on NZ's literary websites.
9. Both 'Pacifictions' and 'Fucking Poets' have sold out. Thank you, Cold Hub Press NZ.
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) to be published June 2017
17 Very Pacific Poems (Indigo Dreams) to be published August 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