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  • Author: John Kinsella http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/kinsella-john
Issue Details: First known date: 2012 2012
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'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.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication:

    for Tracy and Tim who live here,
    for John and Mum who helped build the place

    The author wishes to acknowledge
    the traditional owners of the land he writes.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      W. W. Norton , 2012 .
      Extent: 157p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: November 2011
      ISBN: 9780393341409 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

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.
Turning : John Kinsella’s Poetic Take on Those Seeking Asylum 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Crikey , January 2014;

— Review of Jam Tree Gully : Poems John Kinsella 2012 selected work poetry

'Award-winning poet John Kinsella offers a unique take on the asylum seeker situation befuddling politicians and the public. Crikey publishes his new poem Turning.'

International Regionalism as American-Australian Dialogue : William James and Henry David Thoreau in John Kinsella’s Jam Tree Gully Poems Tom Bristow , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology , vol. 2 no. 2013; (p. 57-74)
'Henry David Thoreau's Walden; or Life in the Woods (1854) is America's nineteenth century scriptural call to establish the foundations of nationhood. The epic event of America underwritten by English literature, politics and economics, alongside the idea to self-realise anew and afresh is pregnant with Transcendentalist notions of self-reliance: the triumph of principles and latent convictions that constitute enlightenment within the self.

In Jam Tree Gully Poems (2011) poet John Kinsella mimics this experimental temperate consciousness to outline degrees of freedom that are yoked to a satirical position on the extent that nature (or humans for that matter) can be autonomous. For Thoreau, free will is answered in terms of improvement - to environment and to the spirit. Improvements are accounted for by framing action and events over time. An issue at stake here is: to what extent does Thoreau's desire to project a Protestant sense of improvement rely upon an externality operating on micro and macro scales that is subservient to human experience? In Walden, seasons do not come first; human emotion and intellect precede chronotopic and atmospheric abstractions. Human autonomy within the midst of nature - the central focus of Kinsella's and Thoreau's experiment - offers a Romanticism, a mode of feeling rather than a choice of subject.' (Author's abstract)
Natural Move for Kinsella William Yeoman , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 6 August 2013; (p. 6)
Open Page : John Kinsella 2013 single work interview
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 352 2013;
A Poet at Home with Politics Kate Middleton , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3-4 August 2013; (p. 24)

— Review of Jam Tree Gully : Poems John Kinsella 2012 selected work poetry
Honours Even, If Only For the Moment Stephen Romei , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 16 August 2013; (p. 3)
Kinsella's Bush Poems Win PM's Award Stephen Bevis , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 17 August 2013; (p. 86)
Well-Versed Every Day Jane Sullivan , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 24 August 2013; (p. 30)
From Microcosoms to Cosmologies Melissa Ashley , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Journal , vol. 3 no. 1 2013; (p. 82-86)

— Review of The World Last Night M. T. C. Cronin 2012 selected work poetry ; Jam Tree Gully : Poems John Kinsella 2012 selected work poetry
Fragmentary Introspective Observations : Animals, Emotions and Location in John Kinsella’s Poetry Tom Bristow , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 6 no. 1 2013;

— Review of Jam Tree Gully : Poems John Kinsella 2012 selected work poetry ; The Jaguar's Dream : Translations, Adaptations, Versions, Extrapolations, Interpolations, Afters, Takes and Departures John Kinsella 2012 selected work poetry
[Untitled] Aaron Mannion , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 73 no. 3 2013; (p. 253-259)

— Review of Jam Tree Gully : Poems John Kinsella 2012 selected work poetry ; Armour John Kinsella 2011 selected work poetry
A Triumph from a Mature Voice Airica Parker , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 26 no. 1 2012; (p. 111)

— Review of Jam Tree Gully : Poems John Kinsella 2012 selected work poetry
Standing up to Aggressors John Kinsella , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Activist Poetics : Anarchy in the Avon Valley 2010; (p. 16-22)
De-Mapping & Reconnoitring Notions of Boundaries - Mutually Said : Blogging & Acting John Kinsella , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Activist Poetics : Anarchy in the Avon Valley 2010; (p. 137-162)
Coda : Visitors John Kinsella , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Activist Poetics : Anarchy in the Avon Valley 2010; (p. 184-187)
A Triumph from a Mature Voice Airica Parker , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 26 no. 1 2012; (p. 111)

— Review of Jam Tree Gully : Poems John Kinsella 2012 selected work poetry
A Poet at Home with Politics Kate Middleton , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3-4 August 2013; (p. 24)

— Review of Jam Tree Gully : Poems John Kinsella 2012 selected work poetry
From Microcosoms to Cosmologies Melissa Ashley , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Journal , vol. 3 no. 1 2013; (p. 82-86)

— Review of The World Last Night M. T. C. Cronin 2012 selected work poetry ; Jam Tree Gully : Poems John Kinsella 2012 selected work poetry
Fragmentary Introspective Observations : Animals, Emotions and Location in John Kinsella’s Poetry Tom Bristow , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 6 no. 1 2013;

— Review of Jam Tree Gully : Poems John Kinsella 2012 selected work poetry ; The Jaguar's Dream : Translations, Adaptations, Versions, Extrapolations, Interpolations, Afters, Takes and Departures John Kinsella 2012 selected work poetry
Turning : John Kinsella’s Poetic Take on Those Seeking Asylum 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Crikey , January 2014;

— Review of Jam Tree Gully : Poems John Kinsella 2012 selected work poetry

'Award-winning poet John Kinsella offers a unique take on the asylum seeker situation befuddling politicians and the public. Crikey publishes his new poem Turning.'

[Untitled] Aaron Mannion , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 73 no. 3 2013; (p. 253-259)

— Review of Jam Tree Gully : Poems John Kinsella 2012 selected work poetry ; Armour John Kinsella 2011 selected work poetry
Standing up to Aggressors John Kinsella , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Activist Poetics : Anarchy in the Avon Valley 2010; (p. 16-22)
De-Mapping & Reconnoitring Notions of Boundaries - Mutually Said : Blogging & Acting John Kinsella , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Activist Poetics : Anarchy in the Avon Valley 2010; (p. 137-162)
Coda : Visitors John Kinsella , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Activist Poetics : Anarchy in the Avon Valley 2010; (p. 184-187)
International Regionalism as American-Australian Dialogue : William James and Henry David Thoreau in John Kinsella’s Jam Tree Gully Poems Tom Bristow , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology , vol. 2 no. 2013; (p. 57-74)
'Henry David Thoreau's Walden; or Life in the Woods (1854) is America's nineteenth century scriptural call to establish the foundations of nationhood. The epic event of America underwritten by English literature, politics and economics, alongside the idea to self-realise anew and afresh is pregnant with Transcendentalist notions of self-reliance: the triumph of principles and latent convictions that constitute enlightenment within the self.

In Jam Tree Gully Poems (2011) poet John Kinsella mimics this experimental temperate consciousness to outline degrees of freedom that are yoked to a satirical position on the extent that nature (or humans for that matter) can be autonomous. For Thoreau, free will is answered in terms of improvement - to environment and to the spirit. Improvements are accounted for by framing action and events over time. An issue at stake here is: to what extent does Thoreau's desire to project a Protestant sense of improvement rely upon an externality operating on micro and macro scales that is subservient to human experience? In Walden, seasons do not come first; human emotion and intellect precede chronotopic and atmospheric abstractions. Human autonomy within the midst of nature - the central focus of Kinsella's and Thoreau's experiment - offers a Romanticism, a mode of feeling rather than a choice of subject.' (Author's abstract)
Open Page : John Kinsella 2013 single work interview
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 352 2013;
Natural Move for Kinsella William Yeoman , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 6 August 2013; (p. 6)
Honours Even, If Only For the Moment Stephen Romei , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 16 August 2013; (p. 3)
Kinsella's Bush Poems Win PM's Award Stephen Bevis , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 17 August 2013; (p. 86)
Well-Versed Every Day Jane Sullivan , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 24 August 2013; (p. 30)
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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