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With Armour, the great Australian poet John Kinsella has written his most spiritual work to date - and his most politically engaged. The world in which these poems unfold is strangely poised between the material and the immaterial, and everything which enters it - kestrel and fox, moth and almond - does so illuminated by its own vivid presence: the impression is less a poe ...more
Paperback, 125 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Picador USA (first published January 1st 2011)
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Harry Rutherford
There was a lot about these poems which I found sympathetic, like the wildlife/environmental themes, but something about Kinsella’s stylistic quirks made it a bit of a struggle for me. I’m not quite sure what it is… something about the way he uses sentence fragments and run-on sentences? Anyway, there were poems I liked but overall it just didn’t chime for me.
Maggie Emmett
'Kinsella's poems are a very rare feat: they are narratives of feeling. Vivid sight - of landscapes, of animals, of human forms in distant light - becomes insight. There is, often, the shock of the new. But somehow awaited, even familiar. Which is the homecoming of a true poet' so says George Steiner

Not surprising then, the great Australian poet John Kinsella has won yet another major literary prize in Australia.
Armour is is a stunning book: politically engaged and yet deeply spiritual.
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John Kinsella is the author of more than twenty collections of poetry. The recipient of the Christopher Brennan Award, he has taught at Cambridge University and Kenyon College. He lives in Western Australia.
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