Carnival Edge: New & Selected Poems
Carnival Edge: New & Selected poems  

"To be able to follow, within a single volume, the evolution and refinement of a poet of Gallagher's subtlety and integrity is a fascination in itself. At its best, this is delicate, straight talking a poetics that yokes inner generosity to outward reticence, a guileless paredness reminiscent of outback. Coming in from the heat, it's not always clear whether these poems dance or simply walk; but with a turn of phrase, a shoe-tight image, an elegant sleight of foot, everything is transformed. Reading Gallagher, one recognises there are ways of walking that are also dance." Mario Petrucci

"Katherine Gallagher is 'a fervent watcher' of the world. Like the watcher in her poem "Orchid" (from the sequence La Fleuraison) she is also 'a global traveller', and this informs all of her work. Her past, that 'antipodean patchwork', is also a rich resource comprising memory and discovery, a place 'where weather's a way of life'... Landscape, war, family, the gains and losses of life, plus aerial meditations during long flights all shine forth in the wide range of her subject matter, wrought in vivid colours. Gallagher is a poet of the eye, the rainbow and of all the feeling senses. In "Manifesto", from the final section of new poems which crown this volume, she says: '... Bring out your gambler, / risk-taker. Surprise yourself.' This book attests to the energy and insight of that statement." Penelope Shuttle

This collection draws work from 5 of Gallagher's previous collections, together with a substantial body of new work. Born in Australia, Gallagher moved to Paris before settling in London. She draws on a rich inheritance from these different worlds in her poetry, which is always rooted in a passionate sense of discovery and attention to place

collections - Carnival Edge: New & Selected, 2010,
pbk, ISBN 978-1906570-42-2 10.79,
hbk, ISBN 978-1906570-43-9, 13.49

Carnival Edge can be ordered from Arc Publications

Quotes and Reviews

There's always something special about a New and Selected; for Katherine Gallagher this selection has a Carnival Edge, its natural territory the exotic and unknown, the fringe and carnivalesque . . . more
Jane Holland, Poetry Review Vol.100:3, Autumn 2010
Katherine Gallagher, who has lived in London since the 1970s, has now published six books of poetry, all but two of them with British or American publishers. ... more
Susan Lever, Dali's Lobster, Australian Book Review, September 2010
A collection to treasure, including the best of Katherine's considerable output, spanning the years from 1974 to the current day. ... more
Anna Avebury, Ver Poets' Poetry World, Autumn 2010
One measure of a poet is the degree to which they take risks with their poetry, with its style, its diction and/or its subject matter. ... more
The Australian Reader #72, January 2011
No fake, rosy picture of the world: Katherine Gallagher has produced only four collections since her first in 1974 and perhaps that's one reason I hadn't heard of her before opening my review copy of Carnival Edge. ... more
Rob A Mackenzie, magma 49, March 2011
Katherine Gallagher's Carnival Edge: New and Selected Poems draws on thirty-five years of published work and consistently manifests a love of for her native country, Australia, as well as the way her relationship with it has changed since she moved to England in 1979. ... more
Carrie Etter The Warwick Review Vol.V No.1 March 2011