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John Gallaher: Brand New Spacesuit

  • Dates: December 15, 2020
  • Start Time: 7:30 PM
  • End Time: 8:10 PM
  • Times: From 7:30 PM to 8:10 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Location: Writers & Books
  • Address: 740 University Avenue Rochester, NY 14607
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In Brand New Spacesuit, John Gallaher writes with honesty, humor, and tenderness about caring for his aging parents. These poems offer snapshots of the poet’s memories of his adoption and childhood, his father’s heart attacks, his mother’s progressing Alzheimer’s disease and stroke, raising his own children, and his reflections on the complex mysteries of the universe within everyday moments.  With exquisite attention to detail, Gallaher captures the losses, anxieties, and possibilities that come with caring for one another. 


“Read these poems in succession and at the pace they create and you’ll have proof that art lets us, wants us, to read another’s mind. John Gallaher’s poetry is relentlessly alive. Moving with candor, humor, speed, and with more gravity than youth can afford, Gallaher has voiced a found and juxtaposed domain, layered and moving along the flotsam of common culture and the axis of family ‘as if everything here is here,’ where the remembered world waits inside of things, or behind, or above, or below them. This is a grown man’s book of relations. It is extraordinary.”

—Kathleen Peirce, author of Vault 


John Gallaher’s previous poetry collection, In A Landscape, was published by BOA Editions in 2014. He is also the co-author, together with G.C. Waldrep, of Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (BOA, 2011), which was collaboratively written through email. His poetry collection The Little Book of Guesses (Four Way Books, 2007) received the Levis Poetry Prize. Gallaher is co-editor of The Laurel Review and The Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics. An assistant professor of English at Northwest Missouri State, he lives in Maryville, MO.