The New Arcadia


By John Kinsella
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393060539, 201pp.)

Publication Date: July 2005

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ONE OF AUSTRALIA'S BEST POETS, drawn to the natural world, vividly depicts the western Australian wheat-belt landscape in this brilliant epic poem. Analogies are made between the pastoral idyll and the radical and antipastoral necessitated by today's rural world salinity, pesticides, road kill, soil erosion and dispossession of indigenous peoples.

About the Author
John Kinsella is the author of MORPHEUS: A BILDUNGSROMAN (BlazeVOX [books], 2013), as well as many books of poetry, fiction, criticism and plays. He is a frequent collaborator with other poets, critics, fictionalists, artists, musicians, laborers, activists and friends. Recent fiction includes In the Shade of the Shady Tree (Ohio University Press, 2012), recent poetry includes Jam Tree Gully (W.W. Norton, 2012), and recent criticism includes Activist Poetics: Anarchy in the Avon Valley (ed. Niall Lucy, Liverpool University Press, 2010). He is a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and the poetry editor for the literary journal Island. But most relevantly, he is an anarchist- vegan-pacifist. Kinsella's activism against racism and bigotry began in his late teens when he was working on the first manifestation of MORPHEUS.
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