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Resistance Is Futile
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (96 pages)
(Pub. Apr 1999)
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.
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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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