John Kinsella’s ‘Graphology Poems’ reviewed by Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington


‘Kinsella’s concerns are also about marshalling a sense of the world’s never-containable, protean indeterminacies, channelling them into what one might call the real-unreal of poetic utterance; an utterance that, in Kinsella’s hands is always trying to address large and small things at once, but which knows there is no settling down, never the opportunity for conclusion, and not much that is even temporarily fixed and stable.’

Graphology is about what is false and subversive, just as much as it is about truth. Its use of space and of typography is important to its ruminations on mapping the land and the merging of landscapes; about what is constructed, made, forged (in a number of senses of that word) and destroyed.’

Graphology speaks to Kinsella’s preoccupation with finding something of the poetic almost everywhere he looks, and with making his transformations of language speak of as many different kinds of experiences as he can. This book suggests that acting and speaking are inseparable, and that saying is, in itself, an important part of doing.’

The full review, published in Text, can be found here.

Graphology Poems: 1995–2015 can be purchased here.