Katherine Gallagher

(7 September 1935 - / Maldon / Australia)

Katherine Gallagher Poems

1. Cloud-Eye 6/11/2015
2. 1942 1/7/2016
3. Eastville, 1939 5/5/2012
4. Homecoming 5/5/2012
5. Hybrid 5/5/2012
6. Itinerant 5/5/2012
7. Love Cinquains 5/5/2012
8. Priests 5/5/2012
9. The Lifeboat-Shed 5/5/2012
10. Nomad 5/5/2012
11. Learning Red 5/5/2012
12. For Julien At Six Weeks 5/5/2012
13. Getting The Electricity On 5/5/2012
14. International 5/5/2012
15. After Kandinsky: Yellow, Red, Blue (1925) 5/5/2012
16. Kathe Kollwitz 'The Face Of War' 5/5/2012
17. The Affair 5/5/2012
18. Unknown Soldier 5/5/2012
19. After Kandinsky: Blue Painting (1924) 5/5/2012
20. Dog 5/5/2012
21. Thinking Of My Mother On The Anniversary Of Her Death 5/5/2012
22. The Last War 5/5/2012

Comments about Katherine Gallagher

  • Michael Hogan Michael Hogan (5/16/2012 12:23:00 PM)

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

    1 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
Best Poem of Katherine Gallagher

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 —
total destruction . . .

We’ve won, we’ve won, a conga-chant
round the schoolground, beating tins, sticks:
our teacher joining in — flags, jumbled cries —
uncles and cousins coming back. The war over.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki — ghost towns now.
Over two hundred thousand people
ghosts too. We couldn’t imagine it.

The bomb entered our conversation,
a stranger who refused to ...

Read the full of The Last War

Dog

Dog waits in and out of shadows.

Dog dives around chairs and feet.

Dog looks for the spill of hands.

Dog sings the Ballad of Less and More.

Dog sleeps with one eye open.

[Report Error]