My guard stood hard when abstract threats
Too noble to neglect
Deceived me into thinking
I had something to protect
Good and bad, I defined these terms
Quite clear, no doubt, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now
– Bob Dylan, “My Back Pages”
Copyright © 1964 by Warner Bros. Inc.
Ben Adams is a poet, writer, servo-clerk, festival cash wrangler and sometime research assistant, with an honors degree in English and History. Over forty-five of his poems have appeared online and in print since 2011. His first poetry collection A Synonym for Sobriety was published by Friendly Street Poets in 2019.
In 2018, his poetry was included as part of both the Raining Poetry in Adelaide street-art project and Quart Short Literary Reading Nights for Spring Shorts. He also shares poems and photography on Instagram @bts.adams while poems and politics can be found on his Twitter feed @badbadams
You can also like and follow his Facebook Page for news and links regarding both his own work and opportunities for submission and publication more broadly.
In print, Ben’s poems have appeared in Fleurieu Flow: Friendly Street Poets Goolwa Antholgy 1 (2019) edited by John Malone and Margaret Clark, The Grapple Annual No. 1 from Grapple Publishing (2014) and in the first collection from Australian press Inkerman & Blunt, Australian Love Poems 2013 (edited by Mark Tredinnick) alongside 172 other established and emerging poets including Les Murray, Cate Kennedy and Paul Kelly.
Online, his poetry has been published in Gloom Cupboard, Clutching at Straws, Carcinogenic Poetry, Zygote in my Coffee, Dead Snakes, The Camel Saloon, Gutter Eloquence, Pyrokinection, Poetry Pacific, Red Fez, Tulpa Magazine, InDaily, The Rye Whiskey Review, Better Than Starbucks!and Eunoia Review.
He’s read on Adelaide community station Three D Radio alongside other local poets for Nature Loves Courage: Cats on the Radio in February 2013 and, more recently, recorded two poems for PBA-FM’s ‘Well Versed’ project, to be broadcast during the Salisbury Secret Garden in 2019 as part of the Adelaide Fringe.
Some years ago now, Ben was invited to give a short guest reading at the 2011 Coriole Vineyards’ Poets & Pizza evening alongside the billed line-up of Tracey Korsten, Ken Vincent, Sharon Kernot and Teri Louise Kelly. Since then he’s intermittently frequented some of Adelaide’s various open-mic spoken word gigs including Spoke N Slurred and Sticks & Stones – Poetry in Flight.