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Activist Poetics

John Kinsella

Edited by Niall Lucy

Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9781846314698
Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781846316142
Activist Poetics

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John Kinsella is known internationally as the acclaimed author of more than thirty books of poetry and prose, but in tandem with — and often directly through — his creative and critical work, Kinsella is also a prominent activist. In this book the vegan anarchist pacifist poet claims that poetry can act as a vital form of resistance to a variety of social and ethical ills, in particular ecological damage and abuse. Kinsella builds on his earlier notion of ‘linguistic disobedience’ evolving out of civil disobedience, and critiques the figurative qualities of his poems in a context of resistance. The book includes explorations of anarchism, veganism, pacifism and ecological poetics. For Kinsella all poetry is political and can be a call to action.

Keywords: John Kinsella; poetry; prose; activism; anarchism; pacifism; veganism; ecological poetics; linguistic disobedience; resistance

Book.  232 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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Standing Up to Aggressors in Activist Poetics

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Why I Am a Pacifist in Activist Poetics

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Plagues & Bioethics in Activist Poetics

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Refugees & Australia in Activist Poetics

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Half-Masts: A Prosody of Telecommunications in Activist Poetics

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Activist Readings of Three Australian Poems in Activist Poetics

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