The following are messages to Bob submitted to Rochford Street Review as part of the special Robert Adamson issue. You can use the form at the bottom of the page to submit your own message

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Michael Dransfield was a prodigy whose life was cut short. When he died at 24 he had already published three books of poetry, since then another five volumes have eventually been published. By the time UQP released his Collected Poems in 1987, Dransfield’s reputation had grown, his poetry had been discovered by a broad readership, and his Collected Poems became the best seller in the entire series.

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In 1960 Donald Allen’s The New American Poetry appeared and promoted the influence of the Black Mountain poets worldwide. I bought a copy in Sydney in 1968 and discovered Robert Duncan’s poetry and poetics . These poetics were like nothing I’d ever come across: for example, to read a poet from the second wave of modernism whose style seemed free from a contemporary sense of fashion gave me a sense of liberation

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This special issue of Rochford Street Review is dedicated to Robert Adamson. It includes work by and about Bob that has appeared in The Review over the years but it is centred around a number of he essays he delivered while he was the The first Chair in Australian Poetry at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), a position that was funded by the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL).

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