Lucida Intervalla is a Latin phrase describing one of those startling "lucid intervals" experienced by the insane. Lucida Intervalla, as imagined by John Kinsella—the Australian poet and novelist—is an art journalist, artist, and social media sensation whose brilliant presence beguiles everyone around her. Set in a post-apocalyptic world scarcely distinguishable from our own, Kinsella's new novel follows her exploits and thoughts about art, political protest, eternity, and the absolute. At once a bildungsroman and a novel of ideas whose prose echoes everything from Søren Kierkegaard to social media, Lucida Intervalla may well be Kinsella's masterpiece.
John Kinsella is the author of many prize-winning volumes of poetry, including Peripheral Light: Selected Poems, Jam Tree Gully, and Drowning in Wheat: Selected Poems. He has written numerous books of fiction and criticism, and taught poetry and literature in the USA, UK, and Australia. He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and Professor of Literature and Environment at Curtin University.