The Golden Bird by Robert Adamson | Black Inc.

The Golden Bird: New and selected poems

Awards for The Golden Bird

  • Winner, CJ Dennis Prize for Poetry in the 2009 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2009 Age Book of the Year Awards

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About the author

Robert Adamson

ROBERT ADAMSON (1942–2022) was born in Sydney and spent much of his teenage years in a 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 …

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Praise for The Golden Bird

‘We gain an appreciation, poem by poem, of how considerable a writer he is … Adamson’s The Golden Bird is a signal moment in Australian poetry publishing of the last decade…’ —Canberra Times


‘He is as deft and resourceful a craftsman as exists, and his poems move with a clarity and ease I find unique.’ —Robert Creeley

‘Robert Adamson is one of Australia's national treasures.’ —John Ashbery

‘A must-have for anyone’ —Australian Book Review


‘Miraculous, quickening book.’ —Age