Reading of The Wound by John Kinsella
13 Mar 2018 -
17:15 to 19:00
Reading of the Wound
Followed by a discussion
5.15pm Tuesday 13th March
Recital Room, Music Centre, Churchill College
John Kinsella's literary works are largely written as reactions not only to the wounds inflicted by humans on the natural environment of Western Australia and on the people who live there, but also to the destruction of all forms of life and habitat world-wide. His latest book, The Wound, takes the form of two short books in conversation with each other – the first from the perspective of Sweeney, the anti-hero of the Middle-Irish epic poem Buile Suibhne, the second an 'interaction' with poems by Hölderlin – both books making a single but pluralistic response to the destruction witnessed by the poet and exploring the possibility of peace emerging from global conflict. This is Kinsella at his most powerful and articulate: his imagery is electrifying, his poetic voice is both assured and passionate, his message is stark and to the point. This is writing of political resistance against militarism and environmental destruction. It makes compelling reading.