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Christopher Kelen Christopher Kelen i(A30163 works by) (a.k.a. Kit Kelen; 客遠文)
Born: Established: 1958 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
Heritage: Hungarian
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1 y separately published work icon Christopher Kelen Homepage Christopher Kelen , Z1189790 website This personal website includes biographical information, artwork by Kelen, and full texts of a selection of his poems, stories and essays.
1 Mr Pizzle (From 'Three for Canberra) i "Modest and Shy boasting again", Christopher Kelen , 2020 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Anthology 2020; (p. 166)
1 Animal i "as animal", Christopher Kelen , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Verity La , May 2019;
1 A Kind of Creature My Love i "comes of its own wilderness", Christopher Kelen , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Verity La , May 2019;
1 Adani Was a Jolly Old King, and a Jolly Old King Was He i "someone is digging a hole in me", Christopher Kelen , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Hope for Whole : Poets Speak up to Adani 2018; (p. 31-35)
1 The Keys in Palestine i "to houses long gone", Christopher Kelen , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 78 no. 3 2018; (p. 223-224)
1 A Need to Examine the Life of the Nation : Kit Kelen Reflects on ‘To End All Wars’ Christopher Kelen , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , 25 October – December 2018;

'Greetings all. Just a few words and a few more words about this anthology and how it came about. The idea for the collection came from a discussion, in Istanbul, between myself and Les Wicks at the International Poetry Festival there, a few years ago. It was a discussion involving some Turkish poets and translators as well.'  (Introduction)

1 1 y separately published work icon To End All Wars Dael Allison (editor), Anna Couani (editor), Christopher Kelen (editor), Les Wicks (editor), Waratah : Puncher and Wattmann , 2018 15420959 2018 anthology poetry

'`To End All Wars' was a phrase applied hopefully during `The Great War'. Its various permutations were meant to suggest that this one might be the last war of all. How quickly the phrase became ironic. How many wars have followed! The words `to end all wars' must remind us today that all armed conflict is a vast social catastrophe. The centenary of the World War I Armistice comes with a barely veiled triumphalism in the countries that were victorious one hundred years ago. It was that triumphalism, and the failed peace that followed it, which led onto new catastrophes in World War II and then the Cold War.

'Now, well into the twenty first century, with ever uglier nationalisms raising their heads everywhere, it is time to critically examine the Armistice of one hundred years ago, and its meaning for Australia and for the world, then and now.' (Publication summary)

1 My Father's Language i "My father appeared to me as a silence", Christopher Kelen , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Empathy : Poems from the 2018 ACU Prize for Poetry 2018; (p. 34-37)
1 3 y separately published work icon Poor Man's Coat Christopher Kelen , Nedlands : UWA Publishing , 2018 14701031 2018 selected work poetry

'Ålvik – setting for the poems in this book – is a sleepy little industrial town, set between the Hardanger Fjord and its own little mountain for climbing. Behind Ålvik the serious mountains go on forever, all the length of Norway, till there’s almost no more north. 

'The town is brightly painted and decorated with laughter – a children’s town, if you remember. The artists and the poets, the singers, the musicians – they live in a fairytale house, where winter is always coming, even when it has arrived. But spring is pressing too, and summer is an open book, where the blue goes up forever and a day will never end. The forest is the poor man’s coat. Step in – let other worlds elapse. Read the leaves as they lie fallen. Follow the trail of light.'   (Publication summary)

1 Nightlines i "get the grimness gone", Christopher Kelen , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Foam:e , March no. 15 2018;
1 The Thieves Have Gone i "Left less than traces. Bestowed a quality of absence,", Christopher Kelen , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Montreal International Poetry Prize - 2017 Shortlist 2017;
1 An Attitude of Waiters i "Eyes down, they won't see you.", Christopher Kelen , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Montreal International Poetry Prize - 2017 Shortlist 2017;
1 y separately published work icon Up through Branches : Poems - Paintings - Photographs 枝上謠 : 詩歌——繪畫——攝影 Christopher Kelen , Portugal : CETAPS , 2017 15279001 2017 selected work poetry
1 Bower Bird’s i "here, poem", Christopher Kelen , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 77 no. 2 2017; (p. 69-70)
1 Practical Hypothetical Christopher Kelen , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 77 no. 2 2017; (p. 68)
1 How the Hundred Schools Contend (A Little Pearl of a River) i "the river stinks", Christopher Kelen , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 62 no. 2 2017; (p. 166-167)
1 Practice of a Disappearance i "among these words my friends have thrown", Christopher Kelen , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: FourW , no. 28 2017; (p. 66-67)
1 Tang Gals i "they're always leaning on a rail", Christopher Kelen , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 77 no. 1 2017; (p. 165)
1 The Brush off (Pleasant Island, 32' South) i "I came in a boat you came on a boat", Christopher Kelen , 2016 single work poetry
— Appears in: Writing to the Wire 2016; (p. 73-76)
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