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This collection from John Kinsella takes its title from a poem of the same name. In the metaphor of the sack tumbling downstream with its cargo of drowned kittens lie layers of use, meaning and representation: love, cruelty, the pastoral, colonisation, landscape and identity.

This collection from John Kinsella takes its title from a poem of the same name. In the metaphor of the sack tumbling downstream with its cargo of drowned kittens lie layers of use, meaning and representation: love, cruelty, the pastoral, colonisation, landscape and identity. These poems are rich with intimate detail and Kinsella’s often discomfiting insight.

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This is a lovely book, from one of Australia’s most celebrated poets

The West Australian

Kinsella is an extraordinary advocate for Australian poets and poetry

Australian Book Review

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781925161229

    October 22, 2014

    Fremantle Press (Adult)

    120 pages

    RRP $24.99

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Also by John Kinsella

On the Outskirts
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
Contrary Rhetoric: Lectures on Landscape and Language
Shades of the Sublime and Beautiful
Fast, Loose Beginnings
Peripheral Light: Selected & New Poems
Michael Dransfield: a Retrospective

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Still Life with Feeding Snake
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Selected Poems And Prose
All The Words Are Yours
You Took the Last Bus Home
Small Holes In The Silence