Significant Elements: Songs of the Psyche and Her Vertical Smile.
Irish University Review, 31 (1).
If we were to pick one poem to sum up the sense of Thomas Kinsella's work, it would be 'Leaf-Eater' from Nightwalker and Other Poems (1968): The image of an insistent animal life confronting unknown immensities, the language of a blind groping and twisting, and the expressed need to sacrifice the supports for the self in order to sustain an inward progress - all these are characteristic of Kinsella's poetry. Similarly, Songs of the Psyche may be regarded as the central, even the defining, pamplet of the Peppercanister publication series so far.
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