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3 frozen novelists



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



Poem for January 2021


Three Frozen Novelists

(first published in 'Star City', by Carcanet Press


1 Yashar Kemal surveys the snowy Chukurova


One sheet over all :

pricking the white world,one man -

whom I love - living.


2 Cormac McCarthy talks with careless Nature


Snow's come. I know it.

Yonder. Leave it lay. Yessir.

It don't make a damn.


3 Marcel Proust feels a cold wind between lunches


Between the Rue Snob

and Honnete's private carriage,

it stings. I note this.





What's Afoot ? Top Ten

1. Due out from Carcanet April 2021 : my book of love poems 'The Extasie'.

2. Due out from Carcanet Classics 2022 : my and bro's translation of Petrus Borel's 'Rhapsodies' (1868).

3. 'The Gnawing Flood', a collection of 28 anti-colonial poem-prints is to be published by Cerasus Poetry mid-2021. A brave and exciting venture.

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

5. 2nd prize in the Cork Poetry Meets Politics Fest. Anthology available to buy.

6. Work in progress : 'godzone', my own Wordsworth's-'Prelude' : childhood in EnZed. At 109pp it's a Becketty-Epic

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

8. 'The Long Poem Magazine' has published my and bro's translation of Jean Genet's 11page poem 'Fisherman : Le Suquet' in Issue 24, available now.

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

10. For a thumping set of Anglo-Saxon poems in support of the Sutton Hoo Saxonship ( and a video-reading, go to their newsletter 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 April 2021

*Petrus Borel 'Rhapsodies', translated from the French by John & Kurt Gallas (Carcanet Classics) - due out 2022

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

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



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