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poet puzzlement













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


puzzlement poem

November 2017


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 wins a copy of '17 Very Pacific Poems' to be published by Indigo Dreams in December. (


To find the name of an English poet :

  1. identify the poet of each line

  2. use EITHER the christian name or surname initial

  3. 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

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 ( 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 / or from me (

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)
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) out this month

17 Very Pacific Poems (Indigo Dreams) to be published December 2017



John Gallas Poetry


Carcanet blog

John Gallas Facebook

Cold Hub Press (NZ)

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

Agraphia / Clifford Harper

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

STAND Magazine

Indigo Dreams publishing

Mmm ...:
"How one hoped, above, on and off. With what diversity." - Beckett

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