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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

    120 pages

    RRP $24.99

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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

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