Kris Alan Hemensley (born 26 April 1946) is an Australian poet.
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 the 2000s he managed Collected Works, a specialist poetry bookshop in Melbourne.
- Two Poets (with Ken Taylor). [s.l.: s.n., .
- 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.
- "to come away with Hesiod"
- Kris Hemensley b. 1946 at the Poetry Foundation.
- Kris Hemensley (1946- ) in the Australian Poetry Library (164 poems).
- Audio / video
- AustLit entry
- Another brief bio note, mentioning Meanjin
- poetry & ideas, Kris Hemensley's weblog
- Newspaper article on Hemensley's bookshop
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