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Activist PoeticsAnarchy in the Avon Valley$
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Niall Lucy and John Kinsella

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846314698

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316142

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Geodysplasia: Geographical Abnormalities & Anomalies of an Activist Poetics

Geodysplasia: Geographical Abnormalities & Anomalies of an Activist Poetics

(p.90) Chapter 8 Geodysplasia: Geographical Abnormalities & Anomalies of an Activist Poetics
Activist Poetics
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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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