John Kinsella

“Circling Birdies”

“Circling Birdies” “Circling Birdies”

In cartoon worlds, if you’re struck on the head the small birds that encircle your scalp are known as a “halo” or “circling birdies”—a cartoonist’s motif or trope or idiom. Trope i…

Feb 11, 2016 / Books & the Arts / John Kinsella

Caveat Caveat

There's a caveat on the living trees, but don't chop up the dead wood: especially not the trunks stretched hollow, homes of snakes and echidnas. When it rains hard they drum a bold message, and when the wind stirs through these sacred woodlands they pipe like great church organs. That's your patois. Understand. Understand.

Jan 7, 2009 / Books & the Arts / John Kinsella