Reading the River

Robert Adamson

Reading the River
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Reading the River

Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson has been nourished for much of his life by Australia’s Hawkesbury River. Reading the River praises nature red in tooth and claw and celebrates existence as a mythological quest. The early poems trace Adamson’s own journey through a difficult childhood, prison and exile in the city, the source of a hard-won scepticism undercutting the highly personal Romanticism and daring lyricism of his later work. ‘Robert Adamson is that rare instance of a poet who can touch all the world and yet stay particular, local to the body he’s been given in a literal time and place. Adamson’s Reading the River is a new song of myself , one that sets both song and self at risk. To read these brutal and beautiful lyrics is to undergo an experience a journey and a test and whoever can last the distance will have been changed in more than one way.

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