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John Kinsella

John Kinsella

(Australia, 1963)

John Kinsella has a long record of service as poet and teacher. He has written more than 20 collections: recently Firebreaks (2016) and Drowning in Wheat: Selected Poems (2016). Kinsella's poetry moves between an experimental and a narrative register but virtually always departs from the landscape, starting from a place where the memory, but also the raging of the present and the damage resulting from it become visible. In his poetry, he does not seek contemplation but rather an active form of protest, proceeding from linguistic disobedience by disrupting meanings and sentence structure, by bringing together things of different kinds. John Kinsella is one of the small number of poets who manage to combine a critical and activist perspective convincingly with the ambiguity and multiple meanings of good poetry.

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