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Sly Mongoose
Author: Ken Bolton

ISBN: 9781921450303
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1 October 2010
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.8
Description:
In Sly Mongoose the author 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. So there you go. 'Nobody in Australia is writing quite like Ken Bolton... working a relativist's sceptical, provisional territory... (a) thinking against thought'. - J.S. Harry 'A rare instance of contemporary Australian poetry in the mode of literary and cultural criticism'. - David McCooey A gay, light-hearted bastard, Ken Bolton 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. Born in Sydney in 1949 he works at the Australian Experimental Art Foun...

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