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Wheatbelt Isohalines & the Making of Isopleths: The ‘Annihilation of Distance’ & Other Subtexts Associated with the Creation of a Sequence of Poems

Wheatbelt Isohalines & the Making of Isopleths: The ‘Annihilation of Distance’ & Other Subtexts Associated with the Creation of a Sequence of Poems

Chapter:
(p.60) Chapter 6 Wheatbelt Isohalines & the Making of Isopleths: The ‘Annihilation of Distance’ & Other Subtexts Associated with the Creation of a Sequence of Poems
Source:
Activist Poetics
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846314698.003.0006

The Dictionary of Geography defines an isopleth as ‘A line on a map drawn through places having the same value of a certain element. Such lines show the geographical distribution of the elements’. For Kinsella, isopleths are lines on a conceptual and literal map connecting places of environmental degradation (massings of lines in all directions) and those of environmental ‘preservation’. This chapter, which follows the construction of a sequence of poems, follows telegraph lines: present, removed and/or lost. They are the sub-narrative of the poem.

Keywords:   John Kinsella, isopleth, telegraph lines, poetry, environmental degradation, environmental preservation

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