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Resistance Is Futile

John Gallas

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Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (96 pages)
(Pub. Apr 1999)
9781857544046
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  • I pedalled mad out sssss across the beach
    like Skoblikova sliced on speed: I hit
    the highest tide in umpteen years disguised
    like fog and bogged amidst the milky hush...

    from 'Brancaster Sands in the Fog'


    Resistance is Futile opens in Mongolia with a poem called 'Yoghurt'. It is spring in Ulan Bator and Hoo Gerjan is seeking legal advice over a stolen car. This is the first of twelve weird narratives separated by brief, lyric moments: stories of Samuel Beckett's telephone, a bet on God's fondness, Fyodor the Crow, murder and revenge in the New Zealand goldfields, a little Italian anarchist assassin, a Christmas message from the Vatican received through an iron, and so on.

    Gallas keeps finding new ways of telling stories in poetry. His characters endure and survive the wild short-circuitings of language and plot. The most anarchic fact of all is that these things really happen.
    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 ... read more
    Praise for John Gallas 'John Gallas is not merely a lyric master, but a master of meaning... The Extasie is a collection that I feel I will be coming back to frequently, not just to recapture the enjoyment I had when first reading it, but also to fully bathe in the complex understanding of love in all its forms, rendered so skilfully in poems that reward a second reading with subtle epiphanies.'

    Ed Bedford, Coffee Time Reviews

    'This is a book for contemplative reading to enjoy all its richness and subtleties. Quietly thought provoking and intelligent, these are poems that celebrate the messiness of life.'

    - Mary Mulholland, The Alchemy Spoon
     'An enticing and timely collection of translations.'
    - The Guardian


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