Robert Adamson (poet)

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Robert Adamson
Born (1943-05-17) 17 May 1943 (age 75)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Poet
Language English
Nationality Australian
Citizenship Australian
Spouse Juno Gemes
Children none
Relatives unknown

Robert Adamson (born 17 May 1943 in Sydney) is an Australian poet and publisher.[1][2]


Adamson grew up in Neutral Bay and spent much of his teenage years in Gosford Boys Home for juvenile offenders. He discovered poetry while educating himself in gaol in his 20s. His first book, Canticles on the Skin, was published in 1970. He acknowledges the influence of, among others, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, Robert Duncan, and Hart Crane upon his writing.

In the 1970s and 1980s, he edited New Poetry Magazine and established Paper Bark Press in 1988 with his partner Juno Gemes. In 2011 he was awarded the Patrick White Prize and the Blake Prize for Poetry. He is the inaugural CAL chair of poetry at UTS (University of Technology, Sydney).






  1. ^ Robert Adamson. "Poetry of Robert Adamson > Woodland Pattern Book Center". Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Poetry International Web - Robert Adamson". Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  3. ^ The Write Stuff, edited by Giles Hugo and Anne Kellas (2003-01-09). "Bob Adamson Waving to Hart Crane". Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  4. ^ Editors of CrossLines Kings Cross literary magazine Archived 16 January 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Peter Riley reviews Robert Adamson

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