Launch: Ken Bolton 'Sly Mongoose'

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Launch: Ken Bolton 'Sly Mongoose'

Time: June 5, 2011 from 3pm to 5pm
Location: The Friend in Hand Hotel
Street: 58 Cowper St
City/Town: Glebe
Website or Map: http://thedeletions.blogspot.…
Event Type: launch, reading
Organized By: Puncher & Wattman
Latest Activity: May 30, 2011

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Sly Mongoose deals with the vagaries of the Adelaide
art-scene, the career of Cy Twombly, the Sydney of the 1920s, 40s and today. A quartet of poems treats a single locale and time-frame from the point of view of an ‘ordinary punter’, a beaver, a worried mother and a cyclist; and there is a sequence drawn from a diary of travel through an imaginary Africa in the 1970s, each entry partly structured around a buried pun or near-pun; a further pair of poems
deals with after-echoes, among his friends, of the passing of John Forbes.

Ken Bolton is self-described as a gay, light-hearted bastard, who cuts a moodily romantic figure within the dun Australian literary landscape, his name inevitably conjuring perhaps that best known image of him, bow-tie askew, lipstick-smeared, grinning cheerfully at the wheel of his 1958 Jaguar D-type, El Cid.

Ken Bolton has published a good deal of art criticism, some of it collected in Art Writing (Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia). He edited Homage To John Forbes (Brandl & Schlesinger) and wrote the monograph Michelle Nikou. He edited the magazines 'Magic Sam' and 'Otis Rush' and has published many books of poetry. Wakefield Press published The Circus in 2010 and Vagabond Press A Whistled Bit Of Bop. His earlier titles from Wakefield Press are At The Flash And At The Baci and Untimely Meditations.

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