Katherine Gallagher

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Katherine Gallagher Poems


Dog waits in and out of shadows.

Dog dives around chairs and feet.

The Last War

There was only one war, and it was finishing
any day soon. Ears keyed to the wireless,
we waited. Then the news: Japan bombed,
gigantic clouds curling, skies burnt scarlet β€”

Thinking Of My Mother On The Anniversary Of Her Death

I search her face across a hemisphere,
embark on one more journey:

Will you come?

After Kandinsky: Blue Painting (1924)

Let the eye investigate blue
and all the arrows focus gravity.

Across the spectrum β€” cerulean,

Unknown Soldier

We have covered him with real flowers
and taken him from country to country.

It’s always the same journey β€”

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Michael Hogan 16 May 2012

The loss of a son is a powerful touchstone. This poem is brutal in its clarity.

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Katherine Gallagher Biography

Katherine Gallagher is an Australian poet resident in London.

Gallagher's poems have been published in French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Romanian and Serbian.

Gallagher translated from French to English Jean-Jacques Celly's poems in The Sleepwalker with Eyes of Clay.


Writer in Residence at Railway Fields Nature Reserve, Har ...

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