Firebreaks: Poems by John KinsellaFirebreaks: Poems by John Kinsella

Firebreaks: Poems

byJohn Kinsella

Paperback | February 23, 2016

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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.”
John Kinsella is a poet, novelist, critic, and editor. The author of more than forty books, he is the international editor of the Kenyon Review and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University. He lives in Western Australia.
Title:Firebreaks: PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:February 23, 2016Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393352617

ISBN - 13:9780393352610


Editorial Reviews

‘Come here, join the protest’ he invites. No poet currently working is more loyal to locale, his Jam Tree Gully, and yet none speaks as accurately from so many different geographies. ‘Air shimmering with riot’ ends a later poem, and between protest and riot Kinsella maps the living world onto a Möbius strip of poetry on which all things are contiguous and contingent. Nothing escapes his loving, ethical watching. — Bin Ramke, author of Missing the MoonRooted in the homeopathy of ‘fighting fire with fire,’ John Kinsella’s new book of poems is a how-to manual of care and caring: the care of his craft as a poet, the care for other persons near and far in time and space, and, above all, this true firebrand’s care for the natural world—which reaches from his tender shepherding of the mice invading his cupboards to his concern for species yet unknown. — Susan Stewart, author of The Poet’s Freedom