Almanac Poetry: ‘Sacredly Profane’ – a new collection by Kevin Densley






Excellent news! Kevin Densley’s latest (fourth) poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, is just out via Ginninderra Press and can be purchased from its website, among other places. Contact them at Gininderra books


Sacredly Profane is also available as an e-book.


Many thanks to The Footy Almanac and its editors and readers – they have been/are fine supporters of my work. A number of poems in this collection were published for the first time on the Almanac website, which is acknowledged in the appropriate place in the book. (Note: anything in terms of a launch and/or promotional readings will occur in the New Year – details will follow soon-ish.)


Please give the collection a ‘like’ on Kevin’s Facebook page, if you’re so inclined.



Read more of Kevin Densley’s poems and his prose HERE.



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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, has just been published (late 2020) by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Recent other writing includes screenplays for films with a tertiary education purpose.


  1. Nicole Kelly says

    Congratulations, Kevin! I will keep an eye out for new year readings.

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Cheers, Nicole! Thanks for that.

  3. Kevin Densley says

    For those interested, here’s the back cover blurb of Sacredly Profane. This piece was written by UK poet, editor and reviewer (and Deputy Registrar-General of Scotland), James Roderick Burns (thanks so much, Rod):

    Sacredly Profane has all the outstanding qualities of Kevin Densley’s previous collections – sparky lyricism, revealing jaunts down the byways of history, an abiding fascination with overlapping high and low cultures – but also a new, and strangely timely, element: deep, resonant pathos. Readers can still find sea-horses delicate as embryos, dreamy girlfriends naked in Arcady and childhood athletes shattered like meringues, but also the erasure of families from a bleak landscape (“There is nothing but shifting sand”) and, in a major sequence on the Great War, Percy Black “of the handlebar moustache, chiselled jaw, dark wavy hair and barrel chest” and gunshot wounds, gas attacks and letters that stop, forever. It is a turn which only deepens and enhances those other elements. Densley’s work makes us stand back and look at our assumptions about life, art and the politics of them both. What really motivates the corrupt local mayor to stand on a podium, flexing a copy of a poetry magazine on launch day at the suburban university? Where else would a child feel the fleeting pull of holy yellow light but St Matthew’s Anglican Church, East Geelong? And who but great-great grandfather William, breeder of prize-winning hens and roosters, could brood from a century-old wedding photograph without donning a tie, and wearing shoes that could do with a polish? Nothing in Sacredly Profane provides the answers, but then nothing should. Instead, let the lines spin out and the words pick up their marvellous, higgledy dance, till they leave you on the far shore more desolate than in earlier days, but also more hopeful gasping and reeling and pop-eyed with gratitude.’

  4. Kevin Densley says

    Just directing Almanackers attention to the latest review of Sacredly Profane, in Australia’s Sudo journal. It’s vey pleasing when the book gets reactions such as this:

  5. Kevin Densley says

    Hi Almanackers! It’s always pleasing when one’s work gets a highly positive review at a national or international level. The review of my latest poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, in the current issue (May, 2021) of Australia’s Quadrant magazine is an example of the former. In this context, reviewer Ivan Head says about my book such things as: “Kevin Densley’s Sacredly Profane is a fine collection and I enjoyed reading it straight through.” He also comments in his concluding remarks that he “would be happy to see this book on a Year 11
    or 12 reading list.” To get on school reading lists would certainly be a wonderful thing!

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