Robert Adamson (poet)

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Robert Adamson
Born (1943-05-17) 17 May 1943 (age 75)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
SpouseJuno Gemes

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).



  • Canticles on the Skin. (Sydney: Illumination Press, 1970)
  • Cross The Border. (Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1977) ISBN 0-86806-050-X
  • Where I Come From. (Sydney: Big Smoke, 1979) ISBN 0-908201-00-1
  • The Clean Dark. (Sydney: Paper Bark, 1989) ISBN 0-9587801-2-9
  • Waving to Hart Crane. (Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1994) ISBN 0-207-18347-3 [3]
  • Black Water: Approaching Zukofsky. (Sydney: Brandl & Schlesinger, 1999) ISBN 1-876040-14-9
  • Mulberry Leaves: New & Selected Poems 1970-2001. (2001) ISBN 1-876749-48-2 [4]
  • Reading the River: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, UK, 2004) ISBN 978-1-85224-639-6
  • The Goldfinches of Baghdad. (Flood Editions, USA, 2006) ISBN 0-9746902-8-7 [5]
  • The Golden Bird: New and Selected Poems (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2008) ISBN 978-1-86395-287-3
  • The Kingfisher's Soul (Bloodaxe Books, UK, 2009) ISBN 978-1-85224-820-8
  • Empty Your Eyes. (Vagabond Press, 2013)
  • Net Needle. (Black Inc, 2015) ISBN 978-1-86395-731-1. (Flood Editions, USA, 2015) ISBN 978-0-9903407-1-3. (Bloodaxe Books, UK, 2016) ISBN 978-1-78037-301-0
  • Garden Poem




  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 4 April 2012.
  3. ^ The Write Stuff, edited by Giles Hugo and Anne Kellas (9 January 2003). "Bob Adamson Waving to Hart Crane". Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  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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