Shortlist year: 
2012
Shortlist category: 
Poetry
Published by: 
Pan MacMillan

About the book

Book cover - Armour by author John Kinsella

With Armour, the great Australian poet John Kinsella has written his most spiritual work to date - and his most politically engaged.

The world in which these poems unfold is strangely poised between the material and the immaterial, and everything which enters it - kestrel and fox, moth and almond - does so illuminated by its own vivid presence: the impression is less a poet honouring his subjects than uncannily inhabiting them.

Elsewhere we find a poetry of lyric protest, as Kinsella scrutinizes the equivocal place of the human within this natural landscape, both as tenant and self-appointed steward