Robert Adamson (born 17 May 1943) is an Australian poet and publisher.
Born in Sydney, 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 jail 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.
Canticles on the Skin. Sydney: Illumination Press, 1970.
. Sydney: New Poetry for the Poetry Society of Australia, 1971.
The Rumour . Sydney: Island Press, 1974.
Swamp Riddles 1976. ISBN 909478139
Theatre I-XIX. . (Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1977) Cross The Border ISBN 0-86806-050-X
. Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1977.
Selected Poems . Sydney: Big Smoke, 1979) Where I Come From ISBN 0-908201-00-1
The Law at Heart’s Desire. Sydney: Prism, 1982.
. (Sydney: Paper Bark, 1989) The Clean Dark ISBN 0-9587801-2-9
. St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1990.
Selected Poems 1970-1989 The Brutality of Fact. (1993).
. Sydney: Waving to Hart Crane Angus & Robertson, 1994.
(with photos by Juno Gemes). Roseville, NSW: Craftsman House, 1997.
The Language of Oysters Meaning. Cambridge: Peter Riley, 1998.
Black Water: Approaching Zukofsky. (Sydney: Brandl & Schlesinger, 1999)
. (2001) Mulberry Leaves: New & Selected Poems 1970-2001 ISBN 1-876749-48-2
Reading the River: Selected Poems. Tarset, Northumberland, England: Bloodaxe Books, 2004.
The Goldfinches of Baghdad. Chicago: Flood Editions, 2006.
. Melbourne: Black Inc, 2008. The Golden Bird: New and Selected Poems ISBN 9781863952873
The Kingfisher's Soul. Tarset, Northumberland, England: Bloodaxe Books, 2009.
. Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy the Australian Poetry Library
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