John Gallas Poetry










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


poem for April 2018



The Gibbet Post

from 'Mad John's Walk' (published by Five Leaves, Nottingham)


The bones hung here for years they say,

Amidst the murderings of crows,

To show how Man disposes those

That take another life away.


The road is still, the fields are hot.

I try my patience to be good ;

But ah, the crow flies in my blood,

And consequence is soon forgot.




What's Afoot ? Top Ten

1. '17 Very Pacific Poems' published by Indigo Dreams is now availab1e (see Contacts at bottom of this page)

2. 'The Little Sublime Comedy' now out from Carcanet. See schedule and catalogue, and order from

3. To complete the Year of 3 Books, 'Mad John's Walk' still available from Five Leaves (see Contacts beneath)

4. Won the National Association of Writers Group competition with 'At That Leicester Cafe'.

5. Won the Earlyworks Poetry Competition.

6. Small poem, 'Last Day at Cy's' in the latest PN Review, an edition in memory of John Ashberry.

7. Look out for Interview and poems Back Home (NZ) @ SPINOFF ( courtesy of Bill Manhire.

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

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)
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



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Carcanet blog

John Gallas Facebook

Cold Hub Press (NZ)

Five Leaves publishing/bookshop (Mad John's Walk)

Agraphia / Clifford Harper

YouTube (Paterau Sonnent / The Blobfish Sings Under the Sea)

STAND Magazine

Indigo Dreams publishing

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



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