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Geodysplasia: Geographical Abnormalities & Anomalies of an Activist Poetics

Geodysplasia: Geographical Abnormalities & Anomalies of an Activist Poetics

Chapter:
(p.90) Chapter 8 Geodysplasia: Geographical Abnormalities & Anomalies of an Activist Poetics
Source:
Activist Poetics
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846314698.003.0008

This chapter describes how Kinsella turns to poetry, with its expectations of anomaly and ambiguity, in attempting to deal with conflicting conditions of presence and interaction with land. It details his work on a de-dramatised version of Thomas Lovell Beddoes' verse play Death's Jest-Book. In his version, characters have lost definition, and many actual phrases and the odd complete line of Beddoes have been incorporated into the text. This process of appropriation is reflective of the appropriation, carried out in Australia for over 200 years, of indigenous cultures.

Keywords:   John Kinsella, poetry, activism, Thomas Lovell Beddoes, indigenous cultures, land

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