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- DescriptionJohn Gallas's new book is two volumes in one. The Coalville Divan builds on the poet's fascination with Eastern literature which he tends to experience in Leicester and its environs, where he lives and works. These poems ponder a number of his besetting themes. How dull is Wisdom, then? What it wants is Ungathering. The Coalville Divan makes moral, miniature movies out of the great scripts of old Persian sages, each of the one hundred sonnets returning a proverb to the particular lives, moments and places that made it. These little, colour narratives put Life back up there with its Meaning. Volume two has its mind on different things. If Beckett comes before Oort, and Fellini is next to the Unkwn Soldier; if Alfred Schnittke can almost touch the muezzin who was a tape recorder, and William Bees VC is three steps away from a Mongolian marmot-killer, then it must be Excellent Men. Here are the lit-up males of a writer's heart, claimed by admiration, kinship, amazement, love, poetry and a good laugh. Each to his own.
- Author BiographyBorn in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1950, JOHN GALLAS came to England in 1971. He is currently a teacher in the Leicestershire Student Support Service. His previous Carcanet books include Practical Anarchy (1989), Flying Carpets Over Filbert Street (1993), Grrrrr (1997) and Resistance is Futile (1999). His anthology The Song Atlas: a book of World Poetry, was published in 2002.
- Author(s)John Gallas
- PublisherCarcanet Press Ltd
- Date of Publication29/07/2004
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationManchester
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCarcanet Press Ltd
- Weight154 g
- Width135 mm
- Height220 mm
- Spine10 mm
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