I was on the 7th floor of the Harold Washington Library today, heading for the elevators with a Terry Pratchett paperback clutched in my hands, when I spotted a book in the library’s display of New Nonfiction. It was a book of poetry by John Kinsella entitled Divine Comedy: Journeys Through a Regional Geography. Dante, anyone? And yes, according to the book jacket, it is:
A three-part, epic work challenging our notions about nature, from Australia’s preeminent poet of the environment. John Kinsella’s ‘distractions’ on Dante’s Divine Comedy take the reader on highly visual journeys through Purgatorio: Up Close, Paradiso: Rupture, and Inferno: Leisure Centre…. Set in a small area of a large place, a patch of the wheatbelt in Western Australia, the reader accompanies the poet and his guide through a phantasmagoria of the real and imagined, of nature in its full regalia, resisting forces of damage and indifference that would see it destroyed.
Well, needless to say, I left with the book safely in my bag. Any 408-page tome that offers a “phantasmagoria of the real and imagined” must be explored.
I start with the Inferno, because that’s the book of the Divine Comedy that I’ve read. (Someday, I’ll get to the others, I promise.) And I admit that I am immediately charmed by the titles of the poems.
- Clockwise Canto of the Mobius Strip: Mid-Life
- Canto of Daylight Saving
- Canto of Road Rage
I cannot wait to dive in! I will keep you posted.