Harsh Hakea (or Elements of the Subject's Will) single work   poetry   "All distant buildings, if visible, are white"
  • Author: John Kinsella http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/kinsella-john
Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 Harsh Hakea (or Elements of the Subject's Will)
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  • Appears in:
    y Literary Review vol. 54 no. 3 Spring 2011 Z1892254 2011 periodical issue 2011 pg. 132-155
  • Appears in:
    y The Vision of Error : A Sextet of Activist Poems John Kinsella , Parkville : Five Islands Press , 2013 6801716 2013 selected work poetry

    'In this visceral and assured sextet of poems, John Kinsella lays down his vision of an urgent and uncompromising poetics and politics of land. By turns searing and subdued, the poems in this collection grow, like the recurring image of harsh Hakea within it, out of the back country and small towns of the West Australian wheat belt, where ‘behind every veneer of trees’ there is ‘a suburb, a road widening’.

    'This is land as endangered ecosystem – each word planted ‘against the light’ in retaliation, in rage, against the impact of industry and indifference on the environment.

    'Yet these words are also planted ‘hopefully restoratively’, within poems that are as much a tribute to nature as they are a protest against its degradation.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Parkville : Five Islands Press , 2013
    pg. 9-32
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