Biography of Ken Bolton
Ken Bolton (born 1949) is an Australian poet and art critic.
Bolton was born in Sydney and studied fine arts at the University of Sydney, where he also tutored. In the late 70s he edited the poetry magazine Magic Sam and began the small press Sea Cruise Books with Anna Couani. His first book of poems, Four Poems, was published in 1977. In 1982 he moved to Adelaide to work at the Experimental Art Foundation.
He has since edited the literary magazine Otis Rush and collaborated with poet John Jenkins on a number of books of poetry. His Selected Poems was published by Penguin in 1992 and he edited Brandl & Schlesinger's Homage to John Forbes. His criticism has appeared in Photofile, Art and Text, Art Monthly and Art & Australia among other periodicals; and Wakefield Press has published his monograph on the contemporary sculptor Michelle Nikou.
His latest collection (At The Flash & At The Baci, 2006) has been described as "prov[ing] to us that Ken Bolton is a prime example of a poet breaking new ground in Australian poetry."
Ken Bolton's Works:
Four Poems. (Sea Cruise, 1977)
Blonde & French. (Island, 1978)
Talking to You: Poems 1978-1981. (Rigmarole, 1983)
Blazing Shoes. (Open Dammit, 1984)
Airborne dogs, With John Jenkins. (Brunswick Hills, 1988)
The Ferrara Poems, With John Jenkins. (Experimental Art Foundation, 1989)
Two poems. (Experimental Art Foundation, 1990)
Selected Poems. (Penguin, 1992)
Untimely Meditations & Other Poems. (Wakefield, 1997)
At The Flash & At The Baci. (Wakefield, 2006)
The Circus. (Wakefield, 2006)
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Ken Bolton Poems
'Beyond the sunrise where the black begins' - & the lights of the city, we imagine, twinkle or blaze . . .
I wonder how Gregory does this these three line
Good Friday At The Eaf
weekends here are the best: beautiful, quiet I sit in Caron’s & my chair the one we share, at the desk
(the Kirkman Guide To The Bars Of Europe...
The Kirkman Guide to the bars of Europe begins in that city so very much at Europe’s centre—
& 'We must observe the amenities even if we are going nuts.'
Looking back, on my recent past,
Does all art aspire to the condition of music? — While someone is always prepared to say so I put on
Poem ('The Ice In My Glass')
the ice in my glass goes crink! as it adjusts to the tequila — keying in that sophistication — the feel of it — I associate
Hindley Street Today, With A View Of Mic...
What to do when the day’s heavy heart,
In the 14, 15th & 16th centuries it was all happening in Italy artistically tho by the 17th
Maybe For You
Now a sackbutt, reader, is a violin, & I tell you this, & you nod having suspected as much - one type of reader does -