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Fresh Air and the Story of Molecule, Paperback / softback Book

Fresh Air and the Story of Molecule Paperback / softback


"Fresh Air" is an exhilarating, freewheeling ride through landscapes and languages.

The poems, all written on the move (tramping the Gobi desert, cycling in Irish drizzle, paddling in Tonga) have the fizz of travellers' tales, the enchantment and the melancholy of the open road.

The "Story of Molecule" tells the tale of Molloy Gillies ('Molecule'), a semi-detached twelve-year-old who one night takes his bike from the shed and pedals off to escape Evolution.

In Gallas' comical, heartbreaking sonnet-picaresque, Molecule encounters dangers, kindness, police cars and mauri on the roads of the South Island, while his father, his aunt, a bathroom fitter and a police chief wonder what life, and freedom, are all about.

Together, these two books explore a world newly discovered in the imagination: 'Imagine: in the atlas of my soul / I could not make a thing so lovely.'


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9781847770974

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