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.
back pages blog is the online home of South Australian writer Ben Adams.
Ben is a writer, poet, servo-clerk and voicer of opinions both sophical & philosophical. History & English major with a part-done PhD on the work of Charles Bukowski. In short, a walking cliché. A feminist and postmodern humanist, he comes from Adelaide, South Australia, which Salman Rushdie once described as a sleepy conservative town (of 1.2 million) and “ideal setting for a Stephen King novel, or horror film.” Much preferring the work of Stephen King to that of Mr Rushdie, Ben takes this as a compliment. A fan of both cynical disgust and idealistic nostalgia, a few of his other favorite things include coffee, trains, Mexican food and the music of Bruce Springsteen.
In print, Ben’s poems have appeared in both The Grapple Annual No. 1 from Grapple Publishing (2014) and in the first collection from Australian press Inkerman & Blunt, Australian Love Poems 2013 alongside 172 other established and emerging poets including Les Murray, Cate Kennedy and Paul Kelly. He’s read on late-night Adelaide radio alongside other local poets for Nature Loves Courage: Cats on the Radio on Three D 93.7 FM in February 2013.
Ben was also 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. Some more of his poems have been published at Gloom Cupboard, Clutching at Straws, Carcinogenic Poetry, Zygote in my Coffee, Dead Snakes, The Camel Saloon, Gutter Eloquence, Pyrokinection, Poetry Pacific and Red Fez.