John Kinsella

John Kinsella on 'Contemporary Asian Australian Poets'

John Kinsella
Wednesday, 27 November 2013

This is one of the more vital and significant poetry anthologies to appear in Australia. It has been compiled with a purpose as sophisticated and complex as the arguments for existence that it posits. It is an anthology not so much of ‘region’ (it is a rather massive one), as of the experience of being or having been from Asian heritages in contemporary Au ...

Open Page with John Kinsella

Australian Book Review
Monday, 27 May 2013

Writing can bring change. I think of myself as an activist writer. I try to act as witness, and convey and interpret what I see.

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'Brother', a new poem by John Kinsella

John Kinsella
Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Searching for his crowd
out of the silence of the cloister,
black robes tousled by the nor’-wester,
first bite of heat caught on the brim

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The Land’s Meaning by Randolph Stow

Dennis Haskell
Thursday, 30 August 2012

Randolph Stow, who died in 2010 aged seventy-four, must now be considered part of the Australian canon, whether that concept is conceived broadly or as a smaller cluster of Leavisian peaks. This status derives from his eight novels, which include the Miles Franklin Award-winner To the Islands (1958), the celebrated children’s book Midnite: The Story o ...

'Emily Poems', a new poem by John Kinsella

John Kinsella
Sunday, 22 April 2012

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Surrounded by the countless dead
And restrained in illness to her bed
The hilltipped winds that seared her face
Made her young as they made her old

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Head tilts to strings
beyond setting –
cross-notes of talk,
gallery folk

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