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Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson (1943-2022) was an Australian poet and publisher. 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).

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