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Divine Comedy:
Journeys Through A Regional Geography


Inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, John Kinsella’s ‘distractions’ create a world in which heaven, hell and purgatory co-exist.


There is no need for memory moving between grace and love like the wounded magpie
that cannot fly and keeps close to the house, wary of wild cats come out
of the stressed bush, wilder than its own wildness – inherent and made from experience.

Set in the wheatbelt zone of Western Australia, Kinsella’s Divine Comedy takes the reader on a journey through the real and imagined and nature in its full regalia. This is a book of hope and redemption that faces up to the terrors and traumas in all of us.

John Kinsella

John Kinsella

John Kinsella’s many books of poetry include Divine Comedy: Journeys Through a Regional Geography, Jam Tree Gully, Armour, and Drowning in Wheat: Selected Poems 1980-2015. His awards include the Judith Wright Calanthe Awards for Poetry (twice), the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry, the Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry, the Christopher Brennan Award for Poetry, and numerous others. In 2018, he received the Australian Centre Literary Awards – Wesley Michel Wright Prize in Poetry for On the Outskirts. He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and Professor of Literature and Sustainability at Curtin University. He lives in the Western Australian wheatbelt.