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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.

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  • Paperback


    May 29, 2017


    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
Michael Dransfield: a Retrospective


yesterday i was the moon
Fish In A Tree
Sir Henry Parkes: The Australian Colossus
The Ode Less Travelled
Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
The Abandoned Settlements
The Bone Flowers
A Sackful of Limericks
Selected Poems
Blue Laws
Of Love and Desire
Talking Dead
Made In Detroit
Deep Lane
Elegy For A Broken Machine
Meanjin First Edition