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Explores issues of sublimity and beauty, contemplates the aesthetic and the transcendent, examines nature and the artificial/made. From the small to the large, from the soothing aesthetics of shape and form through to what constitutes 'ugliness' or 'terror', it challenges our preconceptions and often finds the beautiful in the ugly, the ugly in the beautiful, or calm in the tempest, and tempest in the more benign moments.

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  • Paperback


    March 3, 2008

    Fremantle Press (Adult)

    112 pages

    RRP $24.95

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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
Fast, Loose Beginnings
Peripheral Light: Selected & New Poems
Michael Dransfield: a Retrospective


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
Just Where You Left It... and Other Poems
Love In The Last Days
The Surveyors
The Agonist
Wessex Poems And Other Verses
The Tower
Songs Of Innocence And Experience
Lyrical Ballads
Lamia, Isabella, The Eve Of St Agnes And Other Poems
The Temple