Summer 2003 • Vol. XXV No. 3/4 PoetryJuly 1, 2003 |

Location Triggers

The pillared porch, Corinthian because it's easiest from books, plastered, upholding world's ceiling that goes through to the next story always colder in winter, maybe cooler in summer,airflow and loveseat, swinging where foliage redresses trees in gendered avenues, sweeping uphill as around flat fields, the gray rot of corn stalks, Japanese beetle driving towards modification, it's said, avoiding upper rooms where heat unsettles small windows, vicariousand remembering a purple rising light, hillfolds and outcrops bettered by kites and glider, their freedom paramount over scrub and small animals they'd destroy, farmers alarmed by drop-ins, all land there like thermals and updrafts, but suddenly undercut, we resist calling it revenge, colluding with indifferent Nature, visa and permit, green card as crops spread: they won't let me into their pastoral entirely, invited to ride the header, to harvest cobs and interiors that exchange chemical appearance; protectionist policies and marke

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John Kinsella
John Kinsella's recent books of poetry include Firebreaks (WW Norton, 2016), Jam Tree Gully (WW Norton, 2012) which won the Australian Prime Minister's Award for Poetry and the Judith Wright Calanthe Award, and Sack (Picador, UK, 2014). He is an Extraordinary Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University and Professor of Literature and Environment at Curtin University.

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