John Kinsella’s ‘Graphology Poems’ reviewed by William Yeoman

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‘Modulation is here used in its musical sense of changing key. But the dominant metaphor of the Graphology Poems — the home key, if you will — is the concept of graphology itself. Like other WA poets such as Nandi Chinna and Annamaria Weldon, Kinsella writes the land and himself in the process.’

‘There is something of the calligraphic quality of Fred Williams’ landscapes here, or Lee Krasner’s dense calligraphic Little Image paintings of the late 1940s.
But there is also the idea of the poet as seismologist, ever alert to slippages of meaning and moralities rather than tectonic plates, and of the ensuing shock waves.’

‘If you don’t know [Kinsella’s] fiercely political, deeply humane poetry, which like its maker or indeed any of us is capable of being simple and direct or complicated and abstruse, there’s never been a better time than now to change that.’

The full review, published in The West Australian can be found here.

Graphology Poems: 1995–2015 can be purchased here.