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Net Needle

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Awards for Net Needle

  • Shortlisted, 2015 Queensland Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Awards

About the author

Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson is the author of The Golden Bird (winner of the CJ Dennis Prize for Poetry in the 2009 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards) and editor of The Best Australian Poems 2009. He has published numerous volumes of poetry in …

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Praise for Net Needle

‘Adamson is at his best when he eschews the romanticism of conventional verse style and explores the grittiness, impurity, and sheer difficulty of language … readers and critics might find pleasure in those playful and innovative aspects of his writing.’ —A.J. Carruthers, Australian Book Review


‘[Adamson’s] body of work deserves to be on every high school and university syllabus, and in every bait and tackle shop, in the country … Net Needle once again shows Adamson to be a beneficiary of the more protean aspects of modernism, an emotionally warm and compassionate poet whose scarifying disclosures are never made simply to shuck the past.’ —Gregory Day, Weekend Australian


‘‘Net Makers’, at the end of Part One [of Net Needle], is effectively the collection's title poem … This is Adamson at his most characteristic and memorable: the gritty realism with a lyrical edge; the "hands-on" knowledge of a physical craft; the opening-out into wider implications about people's emotional lives.’ —Geoff Page, the Age


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