Kris Alan Hemensley (born 26 April 1946) is an Australian poet.

Life[edit | edit source]

Hemensley was born on the Isle of Wight, the son of an Egypt]]ian mother and an English father who was stationed in Egypt with the Royal Air Force]]. He spent his early childhood in Alexandria, Egypt. He visited Australia at the age of 18, and emigrated there in 1966.

Hemensley has published around 20 collections of poetry, most of which are currently out of print. Through the late 60's and 70's he was involved in poetry workshops at La Mama, and edited the cheaply produced literary magazines Our Glass, and The Ear in a Wheatfield, amongst others. The Ear played an important role in providing a place where poets who were writing outside what was then the mainstream could publish their work.

In 1969 and 1970 he presented the program Kris Hemensley's Melbourne on ABC Radio. In the 1970s he was poetry editor for Meanjin

In the 2000s he managed Collected Works, a specialist poetry bookshop in Melbourne.

Recognition[edit | edit source]

In 2005 Hemensley was awarded the Christopher Brennan Award, which is given to Australian poets who have written poetry of "sustained quality and distinction".[1]

Publications[edit | edit source]

Poetry[edit | edit source]

  • Two Poets (with Ken Taylor). [s.l.: s.n., [1968].
  • The Going and other poems. Heidelberg West, Vic: Michael Dugan, 1969.
  • Dreams. London: Edible Magazine, 1971.
  • The Soft Poems: For Timothy. Bexleyheath, UK: Prison Clothes/Joe DiMaggio Press, 1972.
  • Rocky Mountains and Tired Indians. Bexleyheath, UK: Joe DiMaggio Press, 1973.
  • Love’s Voyages St Lucia, Qld: Makar Press, 1974.
  • Domestications: A selection of poems 1968–1972. Melbourne: Sun Books, 1974.
  • Sulking in the Seventies. Clifton Hill, Vic: Ragman Productions, 1975.
  • The Poem of the Clear Eye. Carlton, Vic: Paper Castle, 1975.
  • Beginning Again: Poems 1976. Sydney: Sea Cruise Books, 1978.
  • The Moths. Carlton, Vic: Paper Castle, 1978).
  • The Miro Poems. Alverstoke, UK: Stingy Artist, 1979.
  • A Mile From Poetry Sydney: Island Press, 1979.
  • Trace. Port Melbourne, Vic: Ingles St Press, 1984.
  • Sit(e). [Weymouth], UK: Stingy Artist/Last Straw, 1987.


Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy the Australian Poetry Library.[2]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jane Sullivan, "A well deserved tribute", The Age, March 27, 2005. Web, Jan. 25, 2014.
  2. Kris Hemensley (1946- ), Australian Poetry Library, Web, Mar. 10, 2012.

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