Ken Bolton

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Ken Bolton (born 1949) is an Australian poet.

Bolton was born in Sydney and studied fine arts at the University of Sydney, where he also tutored.[1] In the late 70s he edited the poetry magazine Magic Sam and began the small press Sea Cruise Books with Anna Couani.[2] His first book of poems, Four Poems, was published in 1977. In 1982 he moved to Adelaide to work at the Experimental Art Foundation.[1]

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 in 2005 Wakefield Press published his monograph on the contemporary sculptor Michelle Nikou.

His 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."[3]



  • Four Poems. (Sea Cruise, 1977)
  • Blonde & French. (Island, 1978) ISBN 0-909771-18-9
  • Talking to You: Poems 1978-1981. (Rigmarole, 1983) ISBN 0-909229-25-2
  • Blazing Shoes. (Open Dammit, 1984) ISBN 0-9591159-0-0
  • Airborne dogs, With John Jenkins. (Brunswick Hills, 1988) ISBN 0-9590929-3-5
  • The Ferrara Poems, With John Jenkins. (Experimental Art Foundation, 1989) ISBN 0-949836-21-4
  • Two poems. (Experimental Art Foundation, 1990) ISBN 0-949836-26-5
  • Selected Poems. (Penguin, 1992) ISBN 0-14-058688-1
  • Untimely Meditations & Other Poems. (Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 1997) ISBN 1-86254-432-8
  • At The Flash & At The Baci. (Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2006) ISBN 1-86254-692-4
  • The Circus. (Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2006)
  • A Whistled Bit of Bop. (Vagabond Press, Sydney, 2010) ISBN 978-0-98051-135-2
  • Sly Mongoose. (Puncher & Wattmann, Sydney, 2011) ISBN 978-1-921450-30-3
  • Selected Poems, 1975—2010. (Shearsman Press, Bristol, UK, 2012) ISBN 978-1-84861-209-9
  • Threefer. (Puncher & Wattmann, Sydney, 2013) ISBN 978-1-9221-8646-1
  • London journal London poem or "Pendant"(Vagabond Press, Sydney, 2015) ISBN 978-1-92218-161-9
  • Lonnie's Lament. (Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2017) ISBN 978-1-74305-472-7
  • Species of Spaces. (Shearsman Press, Bristol, UK, 2017) ISBN 978-1-84861-576-2
  • Starting at Basheer's. (Vagabond Press, Sydney, 2018) ISBN 978-1-92218-188-6

Non fiction


  1. ^ a b "Ken Bolton Contents Page". Australian Literature Resources. Archived from the original on 2007-02-07. Retrieved 2007-03-29.
  2. ^ Minter, Peter; Ken Bolton (2005-04-29). "Ken Bolton in conversation with Peter Minter". Jacket Magazine. Retrieved 2007-03-29.
  3. ^ Johnson, Heather Taylor (2007-01-14). "Heather Taylor Johnson reviews Ken Bolton". Cordite Poetry Review. Retrieved 2008-07-13.

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