Harsh Hakea, Collected Poems Volume Two (2005-2014)

Harsh Hakea, Collected Poems Volume Two (2005-2014)

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John Kinsella

Harsh Hakea is the second volume of John Kinsella's collected poems and dates from 2005 to 2014, capturing a life's work in medias res. It includes poems from widely read volumes like Jam Tree Gully, which won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry, and ones from lesser-known volumes like Love Sonnets, which was published by the British small press, Equipage.

For the first time, John Kinsella’s poetry is collected in one place, including poems that have appeared in chapbooks, publications outside of Australia, and those which are no longer in print. In this volume, Kinsella’s poetry exemplifies a heightened awareness of the specificity of place, but also of the perspective of being within it or removed from it, as a guest living on stolen Aboriginal land. Kinsella’s poems often begin with the personal and broaden out in their reach, and frequently investigate the contemporary world using and critiquing older literary templates. Questions around the nature of translations, versions and interpretations resonate across the work. Reading this second volume of the Collected compels the reader to consider questions that have no convenient answer, that remain pressing still today; questions about the nature of art, masculinity, environmentalism, human and animal rights, violence, mortality and protest. This is a volume that is deeply moving at times, unsettling at others, sometimes both – another landmark addition to Australian literature.

 

One of Australia’s most vivid, energetic and stormy poets, a writer who turns to the natural world with a fierce light. – Edward Hirsch, Washington Post


Kinsella’s work conveys the damage done through capitalism, colonialism, patriarchy and their pervasive discourse. Yet it also illuminates how to see forms of connective beauty and resistant power between the human and more-than-human. – Ann Vickery, Angelaki

The poem, then, as pantechnicon. The poet as polymath. To help rescue, to help halt the damage  to help undo the crime – one must know, one must inform oneself to inform others. – David Brooks on volume one of the collected poems, The Ascension of SheepThe Conversation


Works of immense range, from extended lyrical meditations to taut experimental sonic poems and everything in between. – WritingWA, on volume one of the collected poems, The Ascension of Sheep

 

Book details

Publication Date: February 2023

Price: $55.00

ISBN: 978-1-76080-234-9

Format: 234 x 156 mm

Extent: 852 pages

Rights: Australia and New Zealand