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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 Scavenger's Season
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'Christopher (Kit) Kelen’s Scavenger’s Season represents a quarter century’s poetic engagement with a place. In this case the place is five acres between two forests – at Markwell via Bulahdelah, in the Hunter Region, on the NSW North Coast. Scene of home building and the urbanite’s ongoing rustic and romantic adventures, Scavenger’s Season articulates, for every sense, a blow-in’s ambivalent belonging in the bush. The coast is never far away, weather passes relentlessly. The fauna feature, both domestic and transient – denizens of creek and sky. They’re as sparse and quirky as the human cast. There are Chinese (and many other) influences and a painter’s sensibility in the manner of making of these poems. Indirection is the way to go, and so we find the persona ‘setting out by breath alone…/the odd man tinkering breezes’, who asks, ‘o how may I be lost as them?’ There’s much more to these bucolics though than a view taken in from the veranda. There’s political economy, as in ‘a little dole’ll do!’ Things are elemental too, as in the gathering around ‘the old bush television’. There’s abstract depth, dark and light, as attested by works of homage, to the poet Celan on the one hand, and to the Teddy Bears’ Picnic on the other. So Kelen is ‘hunting wild nexus’. All this is evidence of an obsession that experience must amount to art in order to find expression. The place is the journey, home is in the coming and going, and in space that is devoutly other-than-national. At some fundamental level, it’s all about having fun where you are, about tuning in well enough to do so. A tribute to the artlife as bricolage, Scavenger’s Season is above all a text to foreshadow efforts ahead – it is a book of homecoming.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Glebe, Glebe - Leichhardt - Balmain area, Sydney Inner West, Sydney, New South Wales,: Puncher and Wattmann , 2014 .
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      Extent: 1vp.
      ISBN: 9781922186591

Works about this Work

A Wonderful Cross-Woven Web of Sensory Delights : Andrew Burke Reviews ‘Scavenger’s Season’ by Christopher (Kit) Kelen Andrew Burke , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , July – September no. 15 2015;

— Review of Scavenger's Season Christopher Kelen , 2014 selected work poetry
Thoughts from a Lifestyle Block Geoff Page , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 March 2015; (p. 26)

— Review of Scavenger's Season Christopher Kelen , 2014 selected work poetry
A Sensibility Tuned to the Wonders of the World: Jean Kent Launches ‘Scavenger’s Season’ by Kit Kelen Jean Kent , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , October 2014 – March no. 13 2015;

— Review of Scavenger's Season Christopher Kelen , 2014 selected work poetry
Australian Poetry Peter Kenneally , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 February 2015; (p. 19)

— Review of Alterworld : Alterworld, Sky Poems, The Well Mouth Philip Salom , 2014 selected work poetry ; South in the World Lisa Jacobson , 2014 selected work poetry ; Scavenger's Season Christopher Kelen , 2014 selected work poetry ; A Vicious Example Michael Aiken , 2014 selected work poetry
Australian Poetry Peter Kenneally , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 February 2015; (p. 19)

— Review of Alterworld : Alterworld, Sky Poems, The Well Mouth Philip Salom , 2014 selected work poetry ; South in the World Lisa Jacobson , 2014 selected work poetry ; Scavenger's Season Christopher Kelen , 2014 selected work poetry ; A Vicious Example Michael Aiken , 2014 selected work poetry
A Sensibility Tuned to the Wonders of the World: Jean Kent Launches ‘Scavenger’s Season’ by Kit Kelen Jean Kent , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , October 2014 – March no. 13 2015;

— Review of Scavenger's Season Christopher Kelen , 2014 selected work poetry
Thoughts from a Lifestyle Block Geoff Page , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 March 2015; (p. 26)

— Review of Scavenger's Season Christopher Kelen , 2014 selected work poetry
A Wonderful Cross-Woven Web of Sensory Delights : Andrew Burke Reviews ‘Scavenger’s Season’ by Christopher (Kit) Kelen Andrew Burke , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , July – September no. 15 2015;

— Review of Scavenger's Season Christopher Kelen , 2014 selected work poetry
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