About the book
Net Needle is the new collection of poems from Robert Adamson—Australia’s foremost lyric poet. David Wheatley, from the TLS (Times Literary Supplement) describes Net Needle as ‘one of the finest Australian poets at work today’. He has avidly followed Bob Adamson’s work since his early days, as he has probed the inner and outer landscapes of his environment with inspirited precision.
About the author
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 Net Needle. He has published numerous volumes of poetry in Australia and overseas. His previous volume of poems, The Goldfinches of Baghdad, won the Age Book of the Year Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the NSW and Queensland Premier’s Awards. His memoir, Inside Out (2004), was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year Award, the NSW Premier's Literary Award, the State Library of NSW Biography Award and the Queensland Premier's Award.
The poems in Robert Adamson’s Net Needle are inspired. First, by the natural world, in particular the birds and plants and land-forms of the Hawkesbury River—a region of childhood memory the poet returns to unceasingly. Then by the abstract regions of literature, as many of the poems are responses to the lives and works of other poets. The book’s title refers to the “bone net needles”, some “carved from tortoise shell”, used by Blues Point fishermen in one of many poems that employ precisely remembered imagery to bring a distant time back to life. Elsewhere, the one-time member of the Long Bay Debating Society who grew up to become a professor of poetry, engages imaginatively with poets such as Francis Webb, Randolph Stow, Francis Thompson and Michael Dransfield.