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A stunning new collection by one of Australia’s most celebrated poets.

Inspired by the natural world, Kinsella’s poems consider the protection and valuing of human and animal life, and the environment itself. Reflecting the constant flux of the global and the local, these poems consider the plight of refugees, the degradation of the environment, militarisation and violence. Contemplating the failure of public memory to memorialise, Kinsella reflects on the unresolved issues of history such as Nazism and colonisation. Influenced by William Blake’s poetry and art, in particular his uncompleted series of illustrations to Dante’s Divine Comedy, Kinsella evokes a strong relationship between the visual and textual.

On the Outskirts is a work of strangeness and alienation, and one in which a light of redemption is sought – a rehabilitation in the human character and the healing power of nature.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 29, 2017

    U.Q.P. (Adult)

    112 pages

    RRP $24.95

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Also by John Kinsella

The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry
The Ballad of Moondyne Joe
The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry
Divine Comedy: Journeys Through a Regional Geography
Shades of the Sublime and Beautiful
Fast, Loose Beginnings
Peripheral Light: Selected & New Poems
Michael Dransfield: a Retrospective


Take Me With You
Drafts, Fragments, And Poems
Poet In Spain
Maqroll's Prayer And Other Poems
John Ashbery Collected Poems 1991-2000
Our Life Grows
Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred
Bird Words
Love In The Last Days
Just Where You Left It... and Other Poems
The Surveyors
The Agonist
Wessex Poems And Other Verses
Songs Of Innocence And Experience
The Tower
Lyrical Ballads
Lamia, Isabella, The Eve Of St Agnes And Other Poems