In the anthology Landbridge, John Kinsella writes about his work: "I'm particularly interested in the 'radical pastoral' - in blending the so-called pastoral tradition with the linguistically innovative... My work may be symptomatic of late modernism (even post-modernism) in its exploration of the processes of its own creation and investigation of language as a thing-in-itself, but its concerns are primarily ethical and moral in nature. Visual art is a strong inspiration."
The Undertow is John Kinsella's first published volume in the UK - before it appeared, readers in Britain were familiar with Kinsella's work largely through international poetry magazines - and contains work from four volumes published in Australia , together with a section of new work. The book falls into four sections: the poems in the first are selected from Eschatologies (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1991) and Full Fathom Five (FACP, 1992); the second section gives the text of Syzygy (FACP, 1993) complete; the third is chosen from The Silo (FACP, 1995); the fourth contains 3 poems - 'Self-Portrait without Glasses', 'A (C)ode for Simon Templar' and 'Erratum' - form Erratum/Frame(d) (Folio / FACP, 1995) while the remaining poems are uncollected.
Arc Publications is proud to have introduced this outstanding poet to a British readership.