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Poetry, Justice & the Court

Poetry, Justice & the Court

Chapter:
(p.163) Chapter 12 Poetry, Justice & the Court
Source:
Activist Poetics
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846314698.003.0012

This chapter presents Kinsella's views about courts and poetry. He believes that rather than functioning as vehicles for depriving individuals and groups of freedom and liberty for their transgressions, courts might serve as places of dialogue on the nature of these transgressions, and the appropriate way of dealing with them. He also argues for a ‘metaphoric’ or ‘figurative’ dialogue, rather than a legal, logical, ‘realistic’ or specific one. The language of courts, seeking to be the most precise form of language, is in fact one of the most poetic.

Keywords:   John Kinsella, courts, dialogue, poetry, language

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