John Kinsella - Author

About the Author

John Kinsella is the author of over thirty books, and is editor of the international literary journal Salt. A Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, he lives in the US.

Featured books by John Kinsella

Armour

Armour

Author: John Kinsella Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/2011

Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry 2011. With Armour, the great Australian poet John Kinsella has written his most spiritual work to date and his most politically engaged. The world in which these poems unfold is strangely poised between the material and the immaterial, and everything which enters it kestrel and fox, moth and almond does so illuminated by its own vivid presence: the impression is less a poet honouring his subjects than uncannily inhabiting them. Elsewhere we find a poetry of lyric protest, as Kinsella scrutinizes the equivocal place of the human within this natural landscape, both as tenant and self-appointed steward. Armour is a beautifully various work, one of sharp ecological and social critique but also one of meticulous invocation and quiet astonishment, whose atmosphere will haunt the reader long after they close the book.

Shades of the Sublime and Beautiful

Shades of the Sublime and Beautiful

Author: John Kinsella Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/03/2008

Shades of the Sublime & Beautiful is a warm, human, anecdotally rich book, concentrating many of the themes that have obsessed its author over the last twenty years: language, love, the invocation of place, the mysteries of the Australian wilderness, and our mediations between the human and natural realms.Together, these lyric meditations build towards a profound thesis on the ecology of the imagination, and are always conducted in concrete, vivid and exuberant language that is unmistakably Kinsella's own. 'Kinsella's poems are a very rare feat: they are narratives of feeling. Vivid sight of landscapes, of animals, of human forms in distant light becomes insight.

Other books by John Kinsella

Activist Poetics by John Kinsella Anarchy in the Avon Valley

Activist Poetics by John Kinsella Anarchy in the Avon Valley

Author: John Kinsella Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/08/2018

John Kinsella is known internationally as the acclaimed author of more than thirty books of poetry and prose, but in tandem with - and often directly through - his creative and critical work, Kinsella is also a prominent activist. In this important collection of essays the vegan anarchist pacifist poet claims that poetry can act as a vital form of resistance to a variety of social and ethical ills, in particular ecological damage and abuse. Kinsella builds on his earlier notion of 'linguistic disobedience' evolving out of civil disobedience, and critiques the figurative qualities of his poems in a context of resistance. The book includes explorations of anarchism, veganism, pacifism, and ecological poetics. For Kinsella all poetry is political and can be a call to action.

The Wound

The Wound

Author: John Kinsella Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2018

The Wound

The Wound

Author: John Kinsella Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/04/2018

On the Outskirts

On the Outskirts

Author: John Kinsella Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2017

Polysituatedness

Polysituatedness

Author: John Kinsella Format: eBook Release Date: 23/01/2017

This book is concerned with the complexities of defining 'place', of observing and 'seeing' place, and how we might write a poetics of place. From Kathy Acker to indigenous Australian poet Jack Davis, the book touches on other writers and theorists, but in essence is a hands-on 'praxis' book of poetic practice. The work extends John Kinsella's theory of 'international regionalism' and posits new ways of reading the relationship between place and individual, between individual and the natural environment, and how place occupies the person as much as the person occupies place. It provides alternative readings of writers through place and space, especially Australian writers, but also non-Australian. Further, close consideration is given to being of 'famine-migrant' Irish heritage and the complexities of 'returning'. A close-up examination of 'belonging' and exclusion is made on a day-to-day basis. The book offers an approach to creating poems and literary texts constituted by experiencing multiple places, developing a model of polyvalent belonging known as 'polysituatedness'. It works as a companion volume to Kinsella's earlier Manchester University Press critical work, Disclosed Poetics: Beyond Landscape to Lyricism.

Polysituatedness A Poetics of Displacement

Polysituatedness A Poetics of Displacement

Author: John Kinsella Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/01/2017

This book is concerned with the complexities of defining 'place', of observing and 'seeing' place, and how we might write a poetics of place. From Kathy Acker to indigenous Australian poet Jack Davis, the book touches on other writers and theorists, but in essence is a hands-on 'praxis' book of poetic practice. The work extends John Kinsella's theory of 'international regionalism' and posits new ways of reading the relationship between place and individual, between individual and the natural environment, and how place occupies the person as much as the person occupies place. It provides alternative readings of writers through place and space, especially Australian writers, but also non-Australian. Further, close consideration is given to being of 'famine-migrant' Irish heritage and the complexities of 'returning'. A close-up examination of 'belonging' and exclusion is made on a day-to-day basis. The book offers an approach to creating poems and literary texts constituted by experiencing multiple places, developing a model of polyvalent belonging known as 'polysituatedness'. It works as a companion volume to Kinsella's earlier Manchester University Press critical work, Disclosed Poetics: Beyond Landscape to Lyricism. -- .

Polysituatedness

Polysituatedness

Author: John Kinsella Format: eBook Release Date: 20/12/2016

This book is concerned with the complexities of defining 'place', of observing and 'seeing' place, and how we might write a poetics of place. From Kathy Acker to indigenous Australian poet Jack Davis, the book touches on other writers and theorists, but in essence is a hands-on 'praxis' book of poetic practice. The work extends John Kinsella's theory of 'international regionalism' and posits new ways of reading the relationship between place and individual, between individual and the natural environment, and how place occupies the person as much as the person occupies place. It provides alternative readings of writers through place and space, especially Australian writers, but also non-Australian. Further, close consideration is given to being of 'famine-migrant' Irish heritage and the complexities of 'returning'. A close-up examination of 'belonging' and exclusion is made on a day-to-day basis. The book offers an approach to creating poems and literary texts constituted by experiencing multiple places, developing a model of polyvalent belonging known as 'polysituatedness'. It works as a companion volume to Kinsella's earlier Manchester University Press critical work, Disclosed Poetics: Beyond Landscape to Lyricism.

Firebreaks Poems

Firebreaks Poems

Author: John Kinsella Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/02/2016

Known for a poetry both experimental, activist and lyrical that reinvents the pastoral, John Kinsella considers his and his family's life at Jam Tree Gully, in the Western Australian wheatbelt and his deeply felt ecological concerns in this new cycle of poems about place, landscape, home and absence. Part One, Internal Exile , explores issues of departure and return as well as alienation in Jam Tree Gully. Part Two, Inside Out , reevaluates how Kinsella and his family deal with ideas of space and proximity while also looking out into the wider world. How do we read an ecology as refuge? What lines of communication with the outside world need to be kept open? As Paul Kane observed in World Literature Today, In Kinsella's poetry . . . are lands marked by isolation and mundane violence and by a terrible transcendent beauty .

Drowning in Wheat

Drowning in Wheat

Author: John Kinsella Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2016

Drowning in Wheat collects the best of three decades of John Kinsella's astonishing poetry in one volume. Kinsella is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest living Australian poets, and arguably the most important 'eco-poet' of the age; however, this collection also reveals a writer of unexpected and remarkable versatility, and one fluent in an almost bewildering range of forms, registers and voices. Despite its great thematic range, Kinsella's overarching project emerges all the more clearly: Drowning in Wheat is a clarion call and a call to order, a plea to listen to the earth - and to understand our own place within it while we still can. It is also an ideal introduction to one of the essential poets of the age.

Drowning in Wheat Selected Poems

Drowning in Wheat Selected Poems

Author: John Kinsella Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Drowning in Wheat collects the best of three decades of John Kinsella's astonishing poetry in one volume. Kinsella is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest living Australian poets, and arguably the most important 'eco-poet' of the age; however, this collection also reveals a writer of unexpected and remarkable versatility, and one fluent in an almost bewildering range of forms, registers and voices. Despite its great thematic range, Kinsella's overarching project emerges all the more clearly: Drowning in Wheat is a clarion call and a call to order, a plea to listen to the earth - and to understand our own place within it while we still can. It is also an ideal introduction to one of the essential poets of the age.

Sack

Sack

Author: John Kinsella Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2014

In John Kinsella's new collection, 'Sack' not only refers not only to the shocking title poem, where a tied, writhing sack is seen flung from a car into gully - but also to the sacking and exploitation of the landscape and those who labour on it. Kinsella draws vividly on 'childhood memories' - but reveals them for the hard truths they are, by subtracting the cushioning effects of nostalgia. Kinsella shows how childhood prefigures our adult experience, and how its residues (here, those also take the literal form of asbestos and radiation) influence and shape our futures. Elsewhere, Kinsella resurrects an old form to do new work: the 'penillion' is an old Welsh stanza whose concision and insistent musicality provide the ideal means to encapsulate and concentrate Kinsella's vision of the land, animal life, and our sometimes fraught relationship with both. These short poems reveal astonishing and unsuspected correlations between music and form, place and language - and will come as a delightful surprise to those who know Kinsella primarily as a freewheeling long-form poet. But throughout Sack, the articulate urgency of Kinsella's lyric builds to nothing so much as a call to action, and underlines John Kinsella's reputation as one of the greatest Australian poets of the last fifty years.

Disclosed Poetics Beyond Landscape and Lyricism

Disclosed Poetics Beyond Landscape and Lyricism

Author: John Kinsella Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2014

John Kinsella explores a contemporary poetics and pedagogy as it emerges from his reflections on his own writing and teaching, and on the work of other poets, particularly contemporary writers with which he feels some affinity. At the heart of the book is Kinsella's attempt to elaborate his vision of a species of pastoral that is adequate to a globalised world (Kinsella himself writes and teaches in the USA, the UK and his native Australia), and an environmentally and politically just poetry. The book has an important autobiographical element, as Kinsella explores the pulse of his poetic imagination through significant moments and passages of his life. Whilst theoretically informed, the book is accessibly written and highly engaging. -- .

In the Shade of the Shady Tree Stories of Wheatbelt Australia

In the Shade of the Shady Tree Stories of Wheatbelt Australia

Author: John Kinsella Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/04/2012

Shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards, Steele Rudd Award for Australian Short Fiction. In the Shade of the Shady Tree is a collection of stories set in the Western Australian wheatbelt, a vast grain-growing area that ranges across the southwestern end of the immense Australian interior. The stories offer glimpses into the lives of the people who call this area home, as we journey from just north of the town of Geraldton to the far eastern and southern shires of the region. Cast against a backdrop of indigenous dispossession, settler migration, and the destructive impact of land-clearing and monocultural farming methods, the stories offer moments of connection with the inhabitants, ranging from the matter-of-fact to the bizarre and inexplicable. Something about the nature of the place itself wrestles with all human interactions and affects their outcomes. The land itself is a dominant character, with dust, gnarled scrubland, and the need for rain underpinning human endeavor. Inflected with both contemporary ideas of short fiction and the everyman tradition of Australian storytelling, this collection will introduce many readers to a new landscape and unforgettable characters.

Jam Tree Gully Poems

Jam Tree Gully Poems

Author: John Kinsella Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/11/2011

In this daring new collection, Australia's preeminent environmental poet confronts the legacy of Thoreau's Walden. With Walden as his inspiration, John Kinsella moved with his family back to rural Australia, where he wrote the poems in this original collection exploring the nature of our responsibility and connection to the land. from We Spend Days in This House We spend days in this house but not nights. We have seen the early morning sunlight infiltrate the eucalypts, sunset deflected by acacias. We have sweltered at midday. We have walked every acre intimately. The kangaroos recognise us and linger. We spend days in this house but not nights.

Armour

Armour

Author: John Kinsella Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/2011

Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry 2011. With Armour, the great Australian poet John Kinsella has written his most spiritual work to date and his most politically engaged. The world in which these poems unfold is strangely poised between the material and the immaterial, and everything which enters it kestrel and fox, moth and almond does so illuminated by its own vivid presence: the impression is less a poet honouring his subjects than uncannily inhabiting them. Elsewhere we find a poetry of lyric protest, as Kinsella scrutinizes the equivocal place of the human within this natural landscape, both as tenant and self-appointed steward. Armour is a beautifully various work, one of sharp ecological and social critique but also one of meticulous invocation and quiet astonishment, whose atmosphere will haunt the reader long after they close the book.

Death in the Burren

Death in the Burren

Author: John Kinsella Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2008

McAllister hoped that the pressures bearing down on his opponent would cause him to make further mistakes...but there was no denying that he had never experienced such numbing helpless fear. John McAllister's visit to the Burren combined a call on old friends with a series of lectures he was to give on the local flora. Nothing could have prepared him however, for the whirlwind of inexplicable events which would engulf him and howl across the Burren, from Ballyvaughan and Black Head to Lisdoonvarna and Ennis, from Gregans Castle Hotel to the Aillwee Caves. Surprises abound and a sense of foreboding is never far away.

Shades of the Sublime and Beautiful

Shades of the Sublime and Beautiful

Author: John Kinsella Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/03/2008

Shades of the Sublime & Beautiful is a warm, human, anecdotally rich book, concentrating many of the themes that have obsessed its author over the last twenty years: language, love, the invocation of place, the mysteries of the Australian wilderness, and our mediations between the human and natural realms.Together, these lyric meditations build towards a profound thesis on the ecology of the imagination, and are always conducted in concrete, vivid and exuberant language that is unmistakably Kinsella's own. 'Kinsella's poems are a very rare feat: they are narratives of feeling. Vivid sight of landscapes, of animals, of human forms in distant light becomes insight.

Disclosed Poetics Beyond Landscape and Lyricism

Disclosed Poetics Beyond Landscape and Lyricism

Author: John Kinsella Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2007

John Kinsella explores a contemporary poetics and pedagogy as it emerges from his reflections on his own writing and teaching, and on the work of other poets, particularly contemporary writers with which he feels some affinity. At the heart of the book is Kinsella's attempt to elaborate his vision of a species of pastoral that is adequate to a globalised world (Kinsella himself writes and teaches in the USA, the UK and his native Australia), and an environmentally and politically just poetry. The book has an important autobiographical element, as Kinsella explores the pulse of his poetic imagination through significant moments and passages of his life. Whilst theoretically informed, the book is accessibly written and highly engaging. -- .

Fast, Loose Beginnings A Memoir of Intoxications

Fast, Loose Beginnings A Memoir of Intoxications

Author: John Kinsella Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2006

Fast, Loose Beginnings is a racy anecdotal account of John Kinsella's meetings with the great and shambolic men and women of poetry. Since his late teens, Kinsella has been rubbing shoulders and working with a host of acclaimed poets. He weaves his impressions of them personally, with a lively and incisive commentary on their place within the broader literary culture. As both a highly respected poet and critic, he brings clarity and biting irreverence to his subject, making this encounter with literature vividly alive. Here, in good company, are Harold Bloom, John Ashbery, Peter Porter, Frieda Hughes, Les Murray, Wole Soyinka and Jacques Derrida.

America

America

Author: John Kinsella Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/02/2006

God is everywhere, God is in Zion not far from here, God is not letting your children gang out with the children of 'atheists' or 'doubters'; God is a fighter in enclaves of the passive, God is the free market, God is an extended warranty on a sports utility vehicle that will go anywhere; God is camouflage; God is cheap electricity, cheap gas, cheap clothing, cheap food, cheap entertainment, God, if not renewable, is making gestures in that direction, God is expandable, miniaturised, out on X-Box, digitalized and in stereo, or hand-made as solid as a rock, God is pro-life, pro-strength, pro-family, pro-space and pro-martial arts. God is everywhere. John Kinsella's poem America is very much in the mould of Blake's visionary poem America, A Prophecy but unlike Blake, Kinsella does not express himself in allegorical terms but delivers a trenchant, uncompromising and direct denunciation of the world's unchallenged superpower. In what Peter Porter describes in his superb introduction as a 'finely annotated and sculpted tirade', Kinsella expresses his extreme disillusionment with the country in which he has been living on and off since the turn of the century, a disillusionment felt all the more keenly because he is Australian. This is an extraordinary work, a highly political and hard-hitting commentary on contemporary America presented not as documentary but in poetry, and all the more powerful for that.

Peripheral Light Selected and New Poems

Peripheral Light Selected and New Poems

Author: John Kinsella, Prof. Harold Bloom Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/07/2005

One of Australia's most vivid, energetic and stormy poets, a writer who turns to the natural world with a fierce light. -Edward Hirsch, Washington Post Highly Recommended Poetry Books of 2003

Lightening Tree

Lightening Tree

Author: John Kinsella Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/02/2004

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