John Kinsella Armour

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With Armour, the great Australian poet John Kinsella has written his most spiritual work to date – and his most politically engaged. The world in which these poems unfold is strangely poised between the material and the immaterial, and everything which enters it – kestrel and fox, moth and almond – does so illuminated by its own vivid presence: the impression is less a poet honouring his subjects than uncannily inhabiting them. Elsewhere we find a poetry of lyric protest, as Kinsella scrutinizes the equivocal place of the human within this natural landscape, both as tenant and self-appointed steward. Armour is a beautifully various work, one of sharp ecological and social critique – but also one of meticulous invocation and quiet astonishment, whose atmosphere will haunt the reader long after they close the book.

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‘Kinsella’s poems are a very rare feat: they are narratives of feeling. Vivid sight – of landscapes, of animals, of human forms in distant light – becomes insight. There is, often, the shock of the new. But somehow awaited, even familiar. Which is the homecoming of a true poet’ George Steiner

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`Kinsella seems to be urging us to reconsider what it is that makes us cohere. And to value it. To reconsider which 'armours' we might necessarily sport to protect us, and what protections and postures we might need also to question and do away with - are we just white punks in armour, or are we up for something that is altogether more culturally, politically and spiritually rewarding? And to pull that kind of philosophical enquiry off in poetry is a challenging and wonderful thing; a task that a great poet of Kinsella's standing is truly up to. A brilliant and necessary book.' --Strand magazine

`A talky, dense and sheerly brainy take on rural Australia. This eco-poet's attention to his environment is never schematic. Crammed with detail from the natural world, the book ranges from wistful studies of family life to vivid, formal portraits of creaturely sensibility.' --Independent

'John Kinsella's brainy, discursive lyricism brought eco-politics up close and personal.'
--Fiona Sampson, TLS Books of the Year

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