Synopses & Reviews
This remarkable collaboration had its origins when John Kinsella and Alan Jenkins, two very different poets who had long admired and enjoyed each other's work, discovered by chance that the new poems they were working on shared a preoccupation with the sea. Marine brings together those poems and others written since, all dealing with the sea in its many moods and weathers, with people's relationship to and exploitation of their marine environment, from the Indian Ocean to the shores of the Atlantic. The two poets' highly distinctive voices, while drawing on a dazzling variety of forms and sources, complement each other in a powerful counterpoint.
“Stylish, bitingly autobiographical. . . . What remains constant is his cool, velvety use of traditional prosody and forms.” —New York Times on Alan Jenkins
“Kinsella’s imagination seems so generous that you realize it’s time to stop complaining about getting too much and to ask for some more.” —Guardian on John Kinsella
About the Author
Alan Jenkins is a poet whose works include Drunken Boats; Harm, which won the Forward Prize for Best Collection; Revenants; and A Shorter Life. He is deputy editor and poetry editor of the Times Literary Supplement, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. John Kinsella is a poet whose works include Armour, Jam Tree Gully, and Sack. He is editor and author of anthologies and works of criticism, fiction, and poetry. He is an extraordinary fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University.