Fast, Loose Beginnings : A Memoir of Intoxications
Fast, Loose Beginnings is a racy anecdotal account of John Kinsella's meetings with the great and shambolic men and women of poetry. Since his late teens, Kinsella has been rubbing shoulders and working with a host of acclaimed poets. He weaves his impressions of them personally, with a lively and incisive commentary on their place within the broader literary culture. As both a highly respected poet and critic, he brings clarity and biting irreverence to his subject, making this encounter with literature vividly alive. Here, in good company, are Harold Bloom, John Ashbery, Peter Porter, Frieda Hughes, Les Murray, Wole Soyinka and Jacques Derrida.
- Paperback | 208 pages
- 01 Aug 2006
- Melbourne University Press
- Carlton, Australia
About John Kinsella
John Kinsella grew up in urban and rural areas of Western Australia. He is the author of thirty books of poetry, his volume Peripheral Light (2004) is edited by Harold Bloom for WW Norton. Kinsella is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and was formerly Professor of English at Kenyon College in the United States. He is a well-known poetry critic, having written for the Observer newspaper (UK) and Scotland on Sunday.