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Peripheral Light: Selected and New Poems

Written by John Kinsella


Selected and introduced by Harold Bloom, in Peripheral Light John Kinsella uses the complexity of the natural world as a lens to explore human experience: the rich desperation of survival and the blinding force of life that reflects our own sense of futility, fear, and occasional acceptance. These poems draw you in, tight and slow, showing internal and external landscapes, finding a beauty even in the spoiled.

‘John Kinsella is an Orphic fountain, a prodigy of the imagination … We are poised before the onset of what I prophesy will be a major art’ Harold Bloom

‘It is this book and Bloom’s involvement with it that makes the boldest and clearest claim to Kinsella’s prominent place in the canon of Australian literature.’ Canberra Times

‘This selection of poems reveals a talent who is still, we hope, mid-career.’ Sydney Morning Herald

’Kinsella’s fiercest and most compelling examinations of modern life in the bush.’ The Age

‘a poet of great richness.’ Poetry London

ISBN 9781863683623 (Paperback)
Formats C Format (234 x 153mm) (Paperback)
Categories Poetry
Pages 194
Publication Year 2003
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • John kinsella

    John Kinsella

    John Kinsella's many volumes of poetry include the prize winning collections Peripheral Light: New and Selected Poems and The New Arcadia. He is an Extraordinary Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. Read more