Divine Comedy: Journeys Through a Regional Geography: Three New Works

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 21, 2010 - Poetry - 432 pages
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“One of the most original and poignantly authentic poets writing in English.”—Harold Bloom

A three-part, epic work challenging our notions about the environment by Australia’s preeminent poet of the natural world. Consisting of Purgatorio: Up Close, Paradiso: Rupture, and Inferno: Leisure Centre, John Kinsella's "distractions" on Dante's Divine Comedy journey through time and space. Set in a wheat-belt Western Australia, these poems are a phantasmagoria of the real and imagined, depicting nature in its full regalia, resisting forces of environmental damage and human indifference.
 

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Australian-born Kinsella, fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and author of numerous volumes of experimental poetry received with mixed reviews, here takes Dante's Divine Comedy as the ... Read full review

Contents

Egotistical Sublime
7
Canto of the Inner Lining Excommunicates
13
Canto of Ghosts The Indolent
20
Ante Canto 4
24
Cooee The Prideful
38
Canto of Rhizomic Infestations
52
Envy
65
CantoEvening
70
Roving Mob of Sheep
206
Rupture Canto of inverted rapture
214
Canto of the SelfExamination of Love 26
227
Canto of the Fixed Points 29
240
Empyrean
253
Tim Discovers the Cosmos
258
Preface to Inferno
265
Canto De Profundis on Saint Michael triumphant
274

Canto of the Ventriloquising Apostrophe
83
Canto Substrata first rains 20
98
Canto of the Doubled Terraces 25
111
And so entering the property
124
Closed off on their properties
126
Canto in Semisilence
133
Canto of Rebuilding Entry to Earthly Paradise
139
Canto of the Doubled Terraces Beta Beatrice
146
Canto Mistletoe 31
152
Acknowledgments
158
OvertureLiminal Paradiso
165
Canto of Irregular Moon First Heaven
166
Rapture of the Cluster Dorés Cross
179
Eagle Shapes 18
192
Agoraphobia
280
No action either way
286
A Day Out 4
292
Canto of the Total Souls from the Ships List
299
Canto of Fallen Angels Barring the Way into the City of
303
Reechoing Canto of the Snake Being Run Over
316
Canto of William Burroughs out on the Salt Seventh Circle
331
Canto of the Dealer Eighth Circle fifth bolgia 21
345
from Lead to Gold Eighth Circle
349
Paranoia Eighth Circle
362
Grotesqueries 30
375
Canto ofDorés TraitorsBocca Degli Abati 32
390
Echoing Canto of Fixedness
404
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John Kinsella is a poet, novelist, critic, and editor. The author of more than forty books, he is the international editor of the Kenyon Review and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University. He lives in Western Australia.

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