John Kinsella (Author, Cambridge University)


A follow-up to the critically acclaimed Jam Tree Gully, Firebreaks records life and ecology in Western Australia.

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.”

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • February 2016
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35261-0
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 288 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & 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 Moon

“Rooted 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

Also by John Kinsella All

  1. Book CoverDivine Comedy: Journeys Through a Regional Geography: Three New Works


  2. Book CoverJam Tree Gully: Poems


  3. Book CoverThe New Arcadia: Poems


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