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Rare Air - John Kinsella 1

Rare Air - John Kinsella 1

“When I was 18 and roused up and passionate I probably wanted to pull the pillars of the world down. I certainly have learned over a lifetime that the most effective way of bringing change is to show that there are other ways of doing things better and more humanely.”

Trawling the internet doesn’t reveal as much as you’d expect about poet John Kinsella.

As a Neo Luddite - a term he coined to protest the fetishisation of technology– he’s probably quite happy about that.

Not finding much on the internet doesn’t mean there’s not much to be said – quite the contrary, but the bulk of the speaking is done prolifically through his poetry (more than 30 volumes so far) and in the blog he shares with his wife of 22 years, Tracy Ryan, called Mutually Said: Poets Vegan Anarchist Pacifist.

A conversation with John Kinsella, will naturally turn to the ethics of a range of big picture issues: identity, indigenous rights, farming, capitalism, our food and transportation.

But also, in this con