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Jam Tree Gully: Poems

Jam Tree Gully: Poems

by John Kinsella
     
 

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

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

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A world-renowned Australian poet builds a new home on his home turf in this appealing and serious, if overlong, 20th volume from Kinsella (Peripheral Light). Its detailed free verse shows what happens when the poet and his family settle in the place the title names, remote and rural but by no means isolated. Town hall meetings and fire brigades (responding to Australia’s prolonged droughts) jostle the kangaroos, the “chest-high weeds,” the “wattles on the hill” and the array of other flora and fauna: “The shrike-thrush prises the bark apart to scrutinize a micro-climate.” The poet draws epigraphs, as well as inspiration, from Thoreau; his close observation and efforts at self-reliance imply an updated, and slightly embittered, Walden: “down in the gully, bees have invested/ an opening, a hollow where a limb has torn/ away and termites have eaten the rings/ of time.” Avoiding the haste that beset some of his other books, Kinsella keeps his eyes close to the ground, allowing his worries, and angers, about climate change and overbuilding (for example) to emerge from what he sees: “I avoid some places because the death of trees/ Is overwhelming—water-table vanquished/ And surface evaporated.” This extensive collection might stand among Kinsella’s best. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393341409
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2011
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,156,825
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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