In Memory of Poet Lyn Hejinian
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by John Kinsella
3w ago
  Granular             in memory of Lyn Hejinian   Granular as people             to people, arraying with modicums             and substantials, setting implication             of dead places brought alive             where a quote becomes the ‘my’       &nbs ..read more
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Total Divestment from Military-related Industry
Mutually Said: Poets Vegan Anarchist Pacifist
by John Kinsella
1M ago
It is deeply affirming to see the peaceful campaigning against military connections and associations in Australian universities. Demilitarisation of places of learning is something I have been strongly advocating for over many years, and it surprises me that it has taken this long to become a focal point of rights issues. University involvement in militarism has frequently been the case, and it remains the case, even where universities deny such connections. My email signature at one university I am associated with reads: for the complete demilitarisation of universities, schools, and places o ..read more
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Letter to the Vice-Chancellors and Board Members of Australian Universities
Mutually Said: Poets Vegan Anarchist Pacifist
by John Kinsella
1M ago
 14/5/2024   To Vice-Chancellors and Board Members of Australian Universities   I wish to:   1. Support the absolute right for students to protest/camp etc. peacefully on university campuses. 2. Denounce the genocide being enacted by the Israeli military in Gaza. Further, to note the ongoing apartheid and neo-colonialism enacted by Israel’s government, military and settler-culture. 3. I wish to affirm universal human rights. 4. Speaking from a pacifist position that rejects all forms of violence, I wish to restate my many decades-long objection to weapons production (for an ..read more
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Cease the Attacks on Rafah/Gaza
Mutually Said: Poets Vegan Anarchist Pacifist
by John Kinsella
1M ago
  Cultivation   One of my students showed me the orchards of her family deleted, the land rewritten. And photos of the displaced and lost. That was a year before the invasion   of Gaza and the erasure of trees down to the splinters of stories. The granaries broken, houses split open, and now the last refuge   to be raised and offered as proof of ‘resolve’. Buzzards, sparrow- hawks, griffons... no longer raptors but lost to the vanishing point.   Erosion is policy and endgame its intonation. The Israeli military is attempting to rewrite definitions of suffering. To bull ..read more
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Threnody
Mutually Said: Poets Vegan Anarchist Pacifist
by John Kinsella
1M ago
 Threnody   Each martial act shatters the desert owl’s hold on the grace of night which has seeped into day through rips in walls of sky, through holes in the carpet of earth — fractures of rock and pits of sand.   Each martial act undoes the baby’s cry for milk, the silently feeding lips which would continue into sleep; and when shells lob as precise as history it wakes before it dies.   Each martial act is enabled by the silence of ‘learning’, the immanence of ‘making a living’, an expression that falls as dead prayers over distance, over the local. The desert owl remembe ..read more
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For My Friend Marjorie Perloff (1931-2024)
Mutually Said: Poets Vegan Anarchist Pacifist
by John Kinsella
3M ago
   Elegy for Marjorie   I’ll talk as if neither of us are here, leaves that cling or won’t fall, fourth person in the dialogue.   When the body dissolves, a unity forms around sand and leaves, the very specific songs of remaining   words. In the absence of lyrics, we make an assemblage of protests. In a lyric of absence, we haul   a grammar across that landscaping. Many meanings reduce to one when we try to utter ‘development’.   Others will be having this conversation, too. Now we’ve sorted the issue of distance. Once. For all. And.     ..read more
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On Les Murray
Mutually Said: Poets Vegan Anarchist Pacifist
by John Kinsella
3M ago
Les and I had a complex interaction due to different ways of seeing the world, but we still had overlaps and strong shared interests. I think Les's dynamic thinking around language will always be a vital and interesting thing, and a poem like 'Bats' Ultrasound' shows and empathy with the non-human world that is moving, emphatic and genuine. You really get the sense that he not only 'feels being bat' but can draw connection between animal and human (mammal to mammal) that is both allegorical and quite real.  Les, to me at least, seemed to identify as an outsider, and though some would say ..read more
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Poem for Poets Who Resist War
Mutually Said: Poets Vegan Anarchist Pacifist
by John Kinsella
4M ago
 Graphology Superscription 3 Two poets have been imprisoned in Russia for reading poems against war in Ukraine.             Hooded crows are probing luminous gardens full of the storm. A spring tide has ripped out of Bantry Harbour exposing winter mudflats — there had been some flooding — and two people are digging for lugworms. There is a prismatic glister of oil, an iridescence of unearthly behaviours. All of this is tragic. All of this is connected. All of this aligns, though it might not seem obvious. In the violent interstic ..read more
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On Modes of Protest — a letter regarding collective responses
Mutually Said: Poets Vegan Anarchist Pacifist
by John Kinsella
4M ago
On the need for collective, co-ordinated responses (to crimes against humanity, specifically the war on the people of Gaza): ...’only’ that peaceful interventions should (to my mind) be made in all possible contexts and that we need to speak to people to bring 'them' on board with addressing situations rather than entrench 'them' as enemies. I strongly believe that peace (in all contexts) can only come about by the privileging of open conversation, to show that human rights also involve the consciences of those who violate them and those consciences need addressing. As a pacifist, I am on the ..read more
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Stop the Carnage - Stop the War - Stop the Attacks on Gaza - Permanent Ceasefire - No More Violence - Leave Rafah in Peace!
Mutually Said: Poets Vegan Anarchist Pacifist
by John Kinsella
4M ago
  Rafah   A city on the edge of catastrophe. Designated ‘safe zone’ where,   defying the limits of space, over a million people   have been herded. Choke point. Crossing   to nowhere. Edge of annihilation.   Such moments too many in power   across the globe want to make history   before and as they happen. To relegate. To regret   after the fact, after massacres   have been totted up and converted to statistics.                 John Kinsella     ..read more
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