y Divine Comedy : Journeys Through Regional Geography selected work   poetry   prose  
  • Author: John Kinsella http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/kinsella-john
Issue Details: First known date: 2008 2008
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'Inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy, John Kinsella's "distractions" create a world in which heaven, hell and purgatory co-exist. Set in the wheatbelt zone of Western Australia, Kinsella's Divine Comedy takes the reader on a journey through the real and imagined and nature in its full regalia. This is a book of hope and redemption that faces up to the terrors and traumas in all of us.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Divided into three sections: 'Purgatorio: up close', 'Paradiso: rupture' and 'Inferno: leisure centre'.
  • Dedication: For Tracy, as always...

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Is There an Australian Pastoral Poetry? Andrew Taylor , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 14 2015; (p. 38-51)
Pastoral was common as a European literary genre from the Renaissance until the eighteenth century. It existed in other artistic forms as well, especially in the visual arts, and after its demise as a distinct genre elements of it persisted into the twentieth century, for example in music. With the colonial spread of European culture the pastoral influence also extended into other countries, with a mixed fate. Recently, the term Pastoral has come back into prominence in literature in English, not only in Great Britain but also, notably in the USA and Australia, with the growth of writing motivated by ecological involvement with the natural world, especially landscape. This has led to re-definitions of the term Pastoral in the last few decades. A number of Australian poets are looked at to see whether, and how, their writing about landscape might relate to, or incorporate elements of the Pastoral. The Australian poet John Kinsella, in particular, has been a widely published spokesperson for a new definition of Pastoral. His published works trace his move from a politically activist anti-colonialist redefinition of Pastoral towards a quieter, more harmonious, and essentially ethical engagement with the natural world.
Salt Scars : John Kinsella's Wheatbelt Tony Hughes-d'Aeth , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 27 no. 2 2012; (p. 18-31)
On Reading Opposite Long Distance Sara Wintz , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Jacket , July no. 40 2010;

— Review of Divine Comedy : Journeys Through Regional Geography John Kinsella 2008 selected work poetry prose
John Kinsella’s Poetics of Distraction Louis Armand , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , August vol. 33 no. 2010;
Rupturing Dante: John Kinsella's 'Divine Comedy' Ali Alizadeh , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hidden Agendas : Unreported Poetics 2010; (p. 130-149)
Half-Masts : A Prosody of Telecommunications John Kinsella , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Activist Poetics : Anarchy in the Avon Valley 2010; (p. 76-89)
Passions of the Poet Rod Moran , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 10 January 2009; (p. 6)
At the Crossroads : Australian Poetry 2008-2009 Julian Croft , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 54 no. 1 2009; (p. 115-127)

— Review of The Golden Bird Robert Adamson 2008 single work poetry ; View from the Lucky Hotel Sandy Fitts 2008 selected work poetry ; Theatre Alison Croggon 2008 selected work poetry ; Letters to the Tremulous Hand Elizabeth Campbell 2007 selected work poetry ; Vincent Buckley : Collected Poems Vincent Buckley 2009 selected work poetry ; True Thoughts Pamela Brown 2008 selected work poetry ; The Other Way Out Bronwyn Lea 2007 single work poetry ; Bark Anthony Lawrence 2008 selected work poetry ; Divine Comedy : Journeys Through Regional Geography John Kinsella 2008 selected work poetry prose ; Growing Up With Mr Menzies John Jenkins 2008 selected work poetry ; Man Wolf Man L. K. Holt 2007 selected work poetry ; Aria Sarah Holland-Batt 2008 selected work poetry ; Autographs : 56 Poems in Prose Alex Skovron 2006 selected work poetry ; Ambulances and Dreamers Bel Schenk 2008 selected work poetry ; Speed and Other Liberties Andrew Sant 2008 selected work poetry ; Therapy Like Fish : New and Selected Poems Marcella Polain 2008 selected work poetry ; Sixty Classic Australian Poems Geoff Page 2009 single work criticism ; Poems : 1980-2008 Jan Owen 2008 selected work poetry ; The Incoming Tide Petra White 2007 selected work poetry ; Southern Edge : Three Stories in Verse Barbara Temperton 2009 selected work poetry
Ali Alizadeh Interviews John Kinsella Ali Alizadeh (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , December no. 31 2009;
John Kinsella's most recent book Divine Comedy: Journeys Through a Regional Geography is an incredibly ambitious and meticulous rewriting of that great epic poem of the Middle Ages, Dante's The Divine Comedy. Our guest poetry editor for Epic, Ali Alizadeh, interviewed Kinsella recently, via email. Their discussion ranged from traditional notions of the epic form, and Kinsella's relationship with it, to ecological manifestoes and collaborative projects, and the concept of 'pushing against form'.
Kinsella's Magic Pudding Simon West , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Blast , Spring/Summer no. 10 2009; (p. 36-44)

— Review of Divine Comedy : Journeys Through Regional Geography John Kinsella 2008 selected work poetry prose
Road to Hell Runs Through Us John Kinsella , 2008 extract prose (Divine Comedy : Journeys Through Regional Geography)
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , August vol. 3 no. 7 2008; (p. 24)
Dante, Seen from Down Under Peter Pierce , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 October 2008; (p. 12)

— Review of Divine Comedy : Journeys Through Regional Geography John Kinsella 2008 selected work poetry prose
Dante, Set Among the Sandgropers Richard King , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 October 2008; (p. 39)

— Review of Divine Comedy : Journeys Through Regional Geography John Kinsella 2008 selected work poetry prose
Dante, Seen from Down Under Peter Pierce , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 October 2008; (p. 12)

— Review of Divine Comedy : Journeys Through Regional Geography John Kinsella 2008 selected work poetry prose
Dante, Set Among the Sandgropers Richard King , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 October 2008; (p. 39)

— Review of Divine Comedy : Journeys Through Regional Geography John Kinsella 2008 selected work poetry prose
At the Crossroads : Australian Poetry 2008-2009 Julian Croft , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 54 no. 1 2009; (p. 115-127)

— Review of The Golden Bird Robert Adamson 2008 single work poetry ; View from the Lucky Hotel Sandy Fitts 2008 selected work poetry ; Theatre Alison Croggon 2008 selected work poetry ; Letters to the Tremulous Hand Elizabeth Campbell 2007 selected work poetry ; Vincent Buckley : Collected Poems Vincent Buckley 2009 selected work poetry ; True Thoughts Pamela Brown 2008 selected work poetry ; The Other Way Out Bronwyn Lea 2007 single work poetry ; Bark Anthony Lawrence 2008 selected work poetry ; Divine Comedy : Journeys Through Regional Geography John Kinsella 2008 selected work poetry prose ; Growing Up With Mr Menzies John Jenkins 2008 selected work poetry ; Man Wolf Man L. K. Holt 2007 selected work poetry ; Aria Sarah Holland-Batt 2008 selected work poetry ; Autographs : 56 Poems in Prose Alex Skovron 2006 selected work poetry ; Ambulances and Dreamers Bel Schenk 2008 selected work poetry ; Speed and Other Liberties Andrew Sant 2008 selected work poetry ; Therapy Like Fish : New and Selected Poems Marcella Polain 2008 selected work poetry ; Sixty Classic Australian Poems Geoff Page 2009 single work criticism ; Poems : 1980-2008 Jan Owen 2008 selected work poetry ; The Incoming Tide Petra White 2007 selected work poetry ; Southern Edge : Three Stories in Verse Barbara Temperton 2009 selected work poetry
On Reading Opposite Long Distance Sara Wintz , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Jacket , July no. 40 2010;

— Review of Divine Comedy : Journeys Through Regional Geography John Kinsella 2008 selected work poetry prose
Kinsella's Magic Pudding Simon West , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Blast , Spring/Summer no. 10 2009; (p. 36-44)

— Review of Divine Comedy : Journeys Through Regional Geography John Kinsella 2008 selected work poetry prose
Road to Hell Runs Through Us John Kinsella , 2008 extract prose (Divine Comedy : Journeys Through Regional Geography)
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , August vol. 3 no. 7 2008; (p. 24)
Passions of the Poet Rod Moran , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 10 January 2009; (p. 6)
Ali Alizadeh Interviews John Kinsella Ali Alizadeh (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , December no. 31 2009;
John Kinsella's most recent book Divine Comedy: Journeys Through a Regional Geography is an incredibly ambitious and meticulous rewriting of that great epic poem of the Middle Ages, Dante's The Divine Comedy. Our guest poetry editor for Epic, Ali Alizadeh, interviewed Kinsella recently, via email. Their discussion ranged from traditional notions of the epic form, and Kinsella's relationship with it, to ecological manifestoes and collaborative projects, and the concept of 'pushing against form'.
John Kinsella’s Poetics of Distraction Louis Armand , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , August vol. 33 no. 2010;
Rupturing Dante: John Kinsella's 'Divine Comedy' Ali Alizadeh , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hidden Agendas : Unreported Poetics 2010; (p. 130-149)
Half-Masts : A Prosody of Telecommunications John Kinsella , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Activist Poetics : Anarchy in the Avon Valley 2010; (p. 76-89)
Salt Scars : John Kinsella's Wheatbelt Tony Hughes-d'Aeth , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 27 no. 2 2012; (p. 18-31)
Is There an Australian Pastoral Poetry? Andrew Taylor , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 14 2015; (p. 38-51)
Pastoral was common as a European literary genre from the Renaissance until the eighteenth century. It existed in other artistic forms as well, especially in the visual arts, and after its demise as a distinct genre elements of it persisted into the twentieth century, for example in music. With the colonial spread of European culture the pastoral influence also extended into other countries, with a mixed fate. Recently, the term Pastoral has come back into prominence in literature in English, not only in Great Britain but also, notably in the USA and Australia, with the growth of writing motivated by ecological involvement with the natural world, especially landscape. This has led to re-definitions of the term Pastoral in the last few decades. A number of Australian poets are looked at to see whether, and how, their writing about landscape might relate to, or incorporate elements of the Pastoral. The Australian poet John Kinsella, in particular, has been a widely published spokesperson for a new definition of Pastoral. His published works trace his move from a politically activist anti-colonialist redefinition of Pastoral towards a quieter, more harmonious, and essentially ethical engagement with the natural world.
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