Hemensley’s lyric poems often overlay natural and personal landscapes. In an interview for Australia’s the Age newspaper, Hemensley spoke of what drives him to write, “It's an existential act, it's vocational, a necessity, a way of working things out.” His honors include the Christopher Brennan Award from the Fellowship of Australian Writers. Since 1984, Hemensley has run a poetry bookstore in Melbourne.
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Born on the Isle of Wight to an Egyptian mother and an English father, poet Kris Hemensley grew up in Alexandria, Egypt, where his father was stationed as a member of the Royal Air Force. Hemensley moved to Australia in 1966 after visiting as a sailor. In Melbourne, he worked as a radio broadcaster and literary correspondent and edited several literary magazines, including Our Glass, Earth Ship, The Ear in a Wheatfield, and The Merri Creek, or Nero. He has published more than 20 collections of poetry, often with small independent presses, including The Going and Other Poems (1969), Domestications: A Selection of Poems 1968–1972 (1974), and Trace (1984). His prose includes The Rooms & Other Prose Pieces (1975) and No Word, No Worry: Prose Pieces 1968–1970 (1971).
Hemensley’s lyric poems often overlay natural and personal landscapes. In an interview for Australia’s the Age newspaper, Hemensley spoke of what...