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The Extasie by John Gallas: Carcanet Book Launch


Wednesday 5 May 2021, 19:00 to 20:00
Location:

Online

Description:

Please join us to celebrate the launch of The Extasie, the new collection by John Gallas. Hosting the reading will be editor and translator Robyn Marsack, a long-time friend of Carcanet, joining John to discuss the new edition. The event will feature readings and discussion, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will also be showing extracts of the text during the reading so that you can read along. Register here, and let us know you can make it by joining the Facebook event.

The Extasie is a compelling book of love poems with its lyrical roots deep in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the rural traditions of the nineteenth. Among New Zealand poet John Gallas's spirit guides are John Clare and, in particular, Wyatt and Donne, writers from our poetry's wittiest and most ecstatic age. But the book's heart is set firmly in the twenty-first century. Its two parts follow the seasons of a revelatory love through different weathers and forms. The poems follow the sequence of their composition, so we register the intimacies, forced separations, complexities and climaxes as on a lyrical fever chart. Things are never still or static, everywhere is growth and wonder - birds, tides, skies, trees, sheep, planets and flowers: a celebration of the natural world, and a seeing together. The eye of the poet is always turned to the world: how the world is seen and felt is a sufficient record of the partners' intimacy.

Gallas's language is marked by vigorous verbs, arresting inversions, a world of process and mutation, of transformation about one constant belief. It is hard to find poetry so at ease and at home with the particular detail of rural England, of a Lincolnshire and Norfolk imbued with their own histories and a new-made sense of place.

Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.

Please note that there is a limited number of places for the reading, so do book early to avoid disappointment. You should receive a confirmation email with details on how to join after you register. If this does not arrive, please contact us to let us know. Please also be aware that clicking 'attending' on the Facebook event will not guarantee your place - you must complete the Zoom registration here.

About the speakers:

John Gallas was born in New Zealand in 1950. He came to England in the 1970s to study Old Icelandic at Oxford and has since lived and worked in York, Liverpool, Upholland, Little Ness, Rothwell, Bursa, Leicester, Diyarbakir, Coalville and Markfield, as a bottlewasher, archaeologist, and teacher. His books are published by Cold Hub Press (nz) and Agraphia (Sweden), and The Extasie is his eleventh Carcanet collection. He is the editor of two books of translations - 52 Euros and The Song Atlas - also published by Carcanet. He is a Fellow of the English Association and was 2016 Orkney St Magnus Festival poet.

Robyn Marsack began her long association with Carcanet Press by editing the first edition of Edmund Blunden's Selected Poems in 1982, and worked as a publishers' editor until she became Director of the Scottish Poetry Library 2000-2016. She was a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of Glasgow 201-2018. She has co-edited several poetry anthologies, including OxfordPoets 2013 with Iain Galbraith, and edited Blunden's Fall In, Ghosts: selected war prose, published by Carcanet in 2014. In 2019 she edited Fifty Fifty: Carcanet's Jubilee in Letters.

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