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Jam Tree Gully

by John Kinsella

Winner of the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Best Poetry.

In this daring new collection, Australia’s preeminent environmental poet confronts the legacy of Thoreau’s Walden. With Walden as his inspiration, John Kinsella moved with his family back to rural Australia, where he wrote the poems in this original collection exploring the nature of our responsibility and connection to the land.

from We Spend Days in This House

We spend days in this house but not nights.

We have seen the early morning sunlight

infiltrate the eucalypts, sunset deflected

by acacias. We have sweltered at midday.

We have walked every acre intimately.

The kangaroos recognise us and linger.

We spend days in this house but not nights.



About John Kinsella

John Kinsella is the author of more than twenty collections of poetry. The recipient of the Christopher Brennan Award, he has taught at Cambridge University and Kenyon College. He lives in Western Australia.



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