Who is S. K. Kelen

Stephen Kenneth Kelen (born in Sydney in 1956), known as S. K. Kelen, is an Australian poet and educator. S. K. Kelen began publishing poetry in 1973, when he won a Poetry Australia contest for young poets and several of his poems were published in that journal.

Kelen attended the University of Sydney, where he studied Philosophy and Literature. After graduating he worked in Sydney in various jobs then Canberra as a civil servant, and reviewed books for the Canberra Times. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of South Dakota in 1996, and Asialink Writer in Residence in Vietnam in 1998. In 2005 he completed a Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide. He taught poetry, creative writing and literary studies at the University of Canberra and taught in high schools and ...
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S. K. Kelen Poems

  • Fission
    White glow melts life
    freezes shadow, twisted bottle
    the birth of the transistor
    and then....
  • Venice
    Bugsa Bunny you're the sanest man
    in all Italia last hope for risorgimento
    singing Santa Lucia in the barber shop
    glorious ears twitching your gondola...
  • Understand
    wild animals become divinely rare
    their habitats wild homes are soft earth & tree
    cannot flee before the bulldozer concrete
    flame and smoke desert where only wheat...
  • Thousand Star Hotel, Hanoi
    I.

    Over the road from the three star Galaxy Hotel is our hotel,
    the old park on Phan Dinh Phung Street,...
  • The Spheres
    I

    The sun is burning a hole in your pocket
    and though very slowly you are making...
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I Love You 8 Love 8 Life 8 Light 7 Night 6 Time 6 Car 5 Never 5 Tree 5 Place 5


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Thatpoetrything: a change to the line-up for tomorrow's reading. sadly, louise crisp cannot join us. the good news is that s.k. kelen will be joined by two other fantastic canberra poets, sarah rice and kimberly k williams. it will be a great night.
Thatpoetrything: monday 1 august at 7pm: geoff's poetry at smith's: louise crisp + s k kelen. join us live at smiths alternative for live poetry curated by geoff page.
Jprapke: fission by s. k. kelen white glow melts life freezes shadow, twisted bottle the birth of the transistor and then. of doom wide open flash bang flash bang dead ballet in radium stuck to the walls that disintegrate at the speed of light. hiroshima…
Jaredsnelson1: for my pop-punk demographic- is anyone else feeling the massive tear in the fabric of the universe with dani leaving neck deep & now kelen leaving tssf? bc i’m s h o o k
Thatpoetrything: mon 16 may, 7pm: that poetry thing: jane skelton (nsw) & s. k. kelen (act) & open mic. join us live at smiths alternative for readings by two excellent poets.
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