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Publisher Comments:

Consisting of Purgatorio: Up Close, Paradiso: Rupture, and Inferno: Leisure Centre, John Kinsella's "distractions" on Dante's Divine Comedyjourney through time and space. Set in a wheat-belt Western Australia, these poems are a phantasmagoria of the real and imagined, depicting nature in its full regalia, resisting forces of environmental damage and human indifference.

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"This mammoth new volume from Australia's Kinsella (Doppler Effect) takes its template and three-line stanza from the three books of Dante's epic, out of order: first Purgatorio, then Paradiso, then Inferno. Each of the three works, made from dozens of separate poems, joins allusions to Dante with sights, events and memories from Kinsella's Australia, especially the farming region outside Perth, where he grew up and sometimes lives. The poet's wife, Tracy (his Beatrice, he says), and their toddler, Tim, play roles throughout. Mostly, though, the poems concern places, not people; their ground note is ecological, with nature taking many forms ('locust wings... at sunrise' over 'shallow farm-dams steaming already') set against the 'ballast/ of cars and infrastructures' that endangers it all. That motif of eco-protest dominates the Inferno ('last blocks of bushland// cleared away to placate the hunger/ for the Australian Dream'), but it turns up in all three of these (perhaps too similar, and surely too long) sequences. Like his compatriot Les Murray, Kinsella can sound uncontrolled, even sloppy. Yet he can turn a phrase ('Who describes where we are without thinking/ of when we'll leave it?'). Moreover, he means all he says and never exhausts his ideas or ambition. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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A three-part, epic work challenging our notions about the environment by Australia's preeminent poet of the natural world.

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'One of the most original and poignantly authentic poets writing in English."Harold Bloom

Synopsis:

Consisting of Purgatorio: Up Close, Paradiso: Rupture, and Inferno: Leisure Centre, John Kinsella's distractions on Dante's Divine Comedy journey through time and space. Set in a wheat-belt Western Australia, these poems are a phantasmagoria of the real and imagined, depicting nature in its full regalia, resisting forces of environmental damage and human indifference.

Synopsis:

Consisting of , , and , John Kinsella's "distractions" on Dante's journey through time and space. Set in a wheat-belt Western Australia, these poems are a phantasmagoria of the real and imagined, depicting nature in its full regalia, resisting forces of environmental damage and human indifference.

About the Author

John Kinsellais a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and was a professor of English at Kenyon College in Ohio. He moves between Australia, Britain, and the United States.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393066555
Author:
Kinsella, John
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Western Australia
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
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Publication Date:
September 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.5 x 1.4 in 1.675 lb

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Product details 432 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393066555 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This mammoth new volume from Australia's Kinsella (Doppler Effect) takes its template and three-line stanza from the three books of Dante's epic, out of order: first Purgatorio, then Paradiso, then Inferno. Each of the three works, made from dozens of separate poems, joins allusions to Dante with sights, events and memories from Kinsella's Australia, especially the farming region outside Perth, where he grew up and sometimes lives. The poet's wife, Tracy (his Beatrice, he says), and their toddler, Tim, play roles throughout. Mostly, though, the poems concern places, not people; their ground note is ecological, with nature taking many forms ('locust wings... at sunrise' over 'shallow farm-dams steaming already') set against the 'ballast/ of cars and infrastructures' that endangers it all. That motif of eco-protest dominates the Inferno ('last blocks of bushland// cleared away to placate the hunger/ for the Australian Dream'), but it turns up in all three of these (perhaps too similar, and surely too long) sequences. Like his compatriot Les Murray, Kinsella can sound uncontrolled, even sloppy. Yet he can turn a phrase ('Who describes where we are without thinking/ of when we'll leave it?'). Moreover, he means all he says and never exhausts his ideas or ambition. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A three-part, epic work challenging our notions about the environment by Australia's preeminent poet of the natural world.
"Synopsis" by , 'One of the most original and poignantly authentic poets writing in English."Harold Bloom
"Synopsis" by , Consisting of Purgatorio: Up Close, Paradiso: Rupture, and Inferno: Leisure Centre, John Kinsella's distractions on Dante's Divine Comedy journey through time and space. Set in a wheat-belt Western Australia, these poems are a phantasmagoria of the real and imagined, depicting nature in its full regalia, resisting forces of environmental damage and human indifference.
"Synopsis" by , Consisting of , , and , John Kinsella's "distractions" on Dante's journey through time and space. Set in a wheat-belt Western Australia, these poems are a phantasmagoria of the real and imagined, depicting nature in its full regalia, resisting forces of environmental damage and human indifference.
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