Ken Bolton

(1949 - / Sydney / Australia)

Biography of Ken Bolton

Ken Bolton poet

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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For Gregory O'Brien

I wonder how
Gregory does this
these three line

stanzas & whether I
can do them —

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