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.

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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 ...

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Eastville, 1939

That day Uncle Tom was a hero.
Mostly he was unpopular just for
living with us in the old family home —
taking up space, thinking it was his.

Occasionally he and Dad, bush-boxers,
had bloody fist-fights. But I worshipped him,
would tell my sister, “Tom’s my Dad,
Daddy’s your Dad.” The grown-ups laughed.

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