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1 On Genre Tom Bristow , 2021 single work criticism
— Appears in: Angelaki , vol. 26 no. 2 2021; (p. 104-112)

'Paradoxically, loss is the only unconditional possession possible in elegy. A deep understanding of this phenomenon is to be found in long prose forms and lyricism of contemporary Australian writers. Turning the history of literature – from the Medieval to the contemporary – into a body of work more relevant to our ecological plight, in Kinsella’s corpus genres are consequences of textual events operating within an organic totality. This totality deconstructs the reference point for elegy: loss as the condition of thought and experience. Sidestepping while matrixially reconfiguring traditional and experimental forms of writing, Kinsella’s engagement with genre exemplifies not only the undoing of the codes that constitute all possible readings of a text; it is an implicit critique of speech acts that tend to “fix” life into static nouns, reflecting our culture’s ideology of appropriation of nature. Within a critical counterpoint to appropriation (namely, possession), Australian writing can be read as both urging readers to remain alert to pastoral precedents yet avoid projecting genre onto texts. To some extent, elegy has been decolonised in Australian pastoral.' (Publication abstract)

1 Poetry, Philosophy Activism Nature 15 Tom Bristow , 2020 single work criticism
— Appears in: PAN , no. 15 2020; (p. 45-48)
1 Place : Emotional Practices / Geographical Perspectives Tom Bristow , Lilian Pearce , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: PAN , no. 12 2016;
'This special double issue of PAN: Philosophy, Activism, Nature invited authors to curate an essay on the theme of place. The aim was to open up a dialogue between contributors from a multitude of disciplines, making space for analytical, creative, structured, argumentative, open, discursive and ruminative reflections fuelled by creativity and lived experiences. To curate is to take care (L. curare). In our view, the coming together of the manifold kinds of biotic and abiotic existence that are familiar through the medium of subjective human experience—and its literary and essayistic modes of representation—collectively produces notions of the ever-unfolding and plural becomings of 'place'. Place is both the site of and active agent in diverse subjective experience of space, which we have brought into conversation in PAN12. Locating residual ethical contours in the essayistic, photographic, lyrical and narrative modes, and disclosing affective insights in their analysis and critique, these essays of caring can be understood as forms of emotional practice, which we have brought together into three loose clusters, named 'dialogue', 'response' and 'exegesis'. (Introduction)
1 1 y separately published work icon The Anthropocene Lyric : An Affective Geography of Poetry, Person, Place Tom Bristow , United Kingdom (UK) : Palgrave Macmillan , 2015 15401566 2015 multi chapter work criticism

'This book takes the work of three contemporary poets John Burnside, John Kinsella and Alice Oswald to reveal how an environmental poetics of place is of significant relevance for the Anthropocene: a geological marker asking us to think radically of the human as one part of the more-than-human world.'  (Publication abstract)

1 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)
1 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