In an atlas, every nation has a unique shape, and its own place. this ideal atlas gives each country a poetic colour, too; a colour both random and rooted - a moment of its existence. Topography, plants and animals, language and history combine in the amazingly differentiated, luminous spectrum of the world. Here, the 196 nations shift amongst each other; distinctive, complementary, surprising and unifying. Latitude and longitude are the lines of poems, climate is a thought, and commerce deals in sense. This Atlas is Made in England, but in its common language, it celebrates difference.
John Gallas was born in Wellington New Zealand, in 1950, and came to England in 1971. His previous titles for Carcanet include Grrrrr and Resistance is Futile. He is currently a teacher in the Leicester Student Support Service.