Robbie Coburn is an Australian poet, playwright and writer.


Born in June 1994, Coburn grew up on his family’s farm in Woodstock, Victoria, where his father was a horse trainer and later a greyhound trainer, which is the subject of much of his work.

His work has appeared in many national and overseas publications such as Poetry, Meanjin, Island and Westerly. His poems have also been represented in notable anthologies including Writing to the Wire (UWA Publishing, 2016) and To End All Wars (Puncher & Wattman, 2018).

Coburn’s books include Rain Season (Picaro Press, 2013) and The Other Flesh (UWA Publishing, 2019), and he is also the author of several chapbooks, pamphlets and collaborative works.

Robert Adamson, one of Australia’s leading poets and editors, has noted that Coburn’s poems “come from tough experiences, yet are created with a muscular craft that glows with alert intelligence” and that they “create an inner life that draws in the reader” which “shimmers with light as much as it burns with ferocity.”

Coburn has performed his work all over Australia, including featured readings at The Wheeler’s Centre and La Mama Poetica, and has appeared as a guest at literary festivals such as the Sydney Writers Festival and Perth Poetry Festival.

In late 2020, a limited edition collection of Coburn’s poems about horses, titled Equestria, was published in an edition of 26 signed and lettered copies, printed by Nicholas Pounder at Polar Bear Press, as well as 10 additional special editions which included a print by leading Australian artist G.W. Bot.

He is currently working on a new full-length collection of poems entitled Rodeo. His first play The Burrow is forthcoming.

Coburn’s debut, self-titled album of poetry recordings will be released in 2021.

He also writes non-fiction, primarily about the sport of rodeo.




PoetryMeanjinTo End All WarsIslandWriting To The WireWesterlyIn Your Hands
  • Poetry Collections
  • Rain Season
    (Picaro Press, 2013)
  • The Other Flesh
    (UWA Publishing, 2019)
  • Chapbooks & Pamphlets
  • Human Batteries
    (Picaro Press, 2012)
  • Before Bone and Viscera
    (Rochford Street Press, 2014)
  • 5 Poems
    (Donnithorne Street Press, 2015)
  • Mad Songs
    (Blank Rune Press, 2015)
  • Limited Editions
  • Equestria
    (Polar Bear Press, 2020)
    Limited edition of 26 signed and lettered copies printed by Nicholas Pounder, plus 10 special edition copies with print by G.W. Bot
  • Collaborations
  • The Silences
    (Eaglemont Press, 2016) with Amanda Anastasi
  • Scar to Scar
    (PressPress, 2016) with Michele Seminara
  • Albums
  • Robbie Coburn
  • Anthologies
  • “cooling dusk…”
    Jacqueline Pearce (ed.), Last Train Home (2020)
  • “Midday shower…”
    Bryan Rickert (ed.), The Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2020, Haiku Society of America (2020)
  • “Farm Study”
    In Your Hands, Red Room Poetry (2020)
  • “A Version of Hell”
    Dan Poets Anthology (2019)
  • “Starless sky…”
    Nicholas M. Sola (ed.), Four Hundred and Two Snails: The Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2018, Haiku Society of America (2018)
  • “Starless sky…”
    Jim Kacian (ed.), a hole in the light: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2018, Red Moon Press (2019)
  • “Parkinson’s”
    Dael Allison (ed.), Anna Couani (ed.), Kit Kelen (ed.), Les Wicks (ed.), To End All Wars, Puncher & Wattmann (2018) (ISBN 9781925780277)
  • “An Impulse / Action”
    Nigel Featherstone (ed.), Michele Seminara (ed.), Robbie Coburn (ed.), The Hunger: Verity La Anthology 1, Verity La Press (2018)
  • “Passover”
    Dan Disney (ed.), Kit Kelen (ed.), Writing to the Wire, UWA Publishing (2016), (ISBN 1742588662)
  • Journals
  • “Wreck”
    Verity La (2020)
  • “Rodeo”, “Pasture Floor”, “A Dead Horse”, “Leaving Song”, “Brand”, “Foals”
    Rochford Street Review (2020)
  • “Mine”
    Quadrant (2020)
  • “The Nurse”
    Recoil Ten (2019)
  • “Packing my life…”
    Frogpond (2019)
  • “Sadie”
    Cordite Poetry Review, 90: MONSTER (2019)
  • “First day of Summer…”
    Wales Haiku Journal, Winter 2019 (2019)
  • “Distant acres…”, “What remains of my childhood…”
    Echidna Tracks, Issue 2: Landscapes (2018)
  • “Another Day at Home”
    Island Magazine, Issue 155 (2018)
  • “Convalescence”
    Meanjin, Vol. 77 Issue 3 (2018)
  • “Rimbaud”
    The Tundish Review, No 5 (2018)
  • “Again answering…”
    Modern Haiku, Vol. 49 No 2 (2018)
  • “Suicide Country”, “The Uncertain Season”, “Dementia”
    Husk Magazine (2018)
  • “First winter rain…”, “First day of winter…”, “Crimson sky…”
    Creatrix, 41 Haiku (2018)
  • “The cooling dusk…”
    Presence, Issue 60 (2018)
  • “Haiku”
    Blithe Spirit, Vo. 28, No 1 (2018)
  • “Starless sky…”
    Windfall, Issue 6 (2017)
  • “Pulse”
    Otoliths, No.45 (2017)
  • “The Nurse”, “The Colt’s Grave”
    Mascara Literary Review, Issue 21 (2017)
  • “Three Haiku”
    Under the Basho (2017)
  • “Oblivion”
    Audacious, Issue 4 (2017)
  • “November Entry”, “The Lining of Your Skin”, “Epilogue”, “Anorexia”
    Social Alternatives (2017)
  • “Letter”, “Book Burning for Beginners”
    StylusLit, Issue 2 (2017)
  • “How I Feel About Living Here”
    Recoil Eight (2017)
  • “For My Father, At Last”
    Westerly, Vol. 61 No 2 (2016)
  • “Learning the Paddock Scripture”, “Reading the Paddock Scripture”
    Bareknuckle Poet, (2016)
  • “Anorexia in Autumn”, “A Waking Farm”
    Mascara Literary Review, Issue 19 (2016)
  • “Oblivion”
    Uneven Floor (2016)
  • “Shock Lessons, a Paddock Scripture
    Poetry, May 2016 (2016)
  • Journals (cont.)
  • “To a Dead Poet”
    Cordite Poetry Review, 46.1: MELBOURNE (2014)
  • “An Impulse / Action”
    Verity La (2014)
  • “Suicide Country”
    The Wonderbook of Poetry (2014)
  • “To a Purged Stomach”, “The Price of Experience”, “Hunger is Power”
    Oz-Burp, No 1 (2014)
  • “Missing”
    Writ Poetry Review, No 2 (2014)
  • “The Savagery of Thought”, “Eye of the Mother”
    Overland (2014)
  • “Ode to Dante”, “Rebirth”
    ETZ, No 9 (2014)
  • “To Madelaine”, “The Invisible Sister”
    Regime Magazine of New Writing, No 4 (2014)
  • “Narcissus”, Regime Magazine of New Writing, No 3 (2014)
  • “Summertime”, “How I Feel About Living Here”, “Bringing in the Greyhounds”
    foam:e, Issue 11, (2014)
  • “Slice”, “I Used to Know Myself”
    Unusual Work, No 14 (2014)
  • “At the Greyhounds”
    Regime Magazine of New Writing, No 2 (2013)
  • “Crush”, “In the Tunnel of Rats”, “At the Core of New Beginnings”
    ETZ, No 6 (2013)
  • “Boyhood”
    Voiceworks, Summer No 95 (2013)
  • “Two Lies in Sequence”
    Going Down Swinging, No 34 (2013)
  • “There Are No Strangers”
    Regime Magazine of New Writing, No 1 (2012)
  • “Two Lies in Sequence”
    Unusual Work, No 12 (2012)
  • Essays & Non-fiction
  • “What I’m Reading”
    Meanjin (2018)
  • Interview: Judith Beveridge
    Writ Poetry Review (2015)
  • Interview: Stuart Barnes
    Writ Poetry Review (2015)
  • Interview: Tracey Ryan
    Writ Poetry Review (2014)
  • Anthony Lawrence – The Blog Post Southerly Refused to Publish
    Rochford Street Review (2014)
  • Why Do You Write Poetry – Robbie Coburn
    Going Down Swinging (2013)
  • Reviews
  • Reaching Light: Selected Poems by Robert Adamson
    Verity La (2020)
  • In Your Face by Various Authors
    Aurealis (2016)
  • Lilies and Stars by Rebecca Law
    Rochford Street Review (2016)
  • City of Masks by Ashley Capes
    Aurealis (2016)
  • Paths of Flight by Luke Fischer
    Mascara Literary Review (2016)
  • Sputnik’s Cousin by Kent MacCarter & Intercolonial by Stephen Oliver
    Plumwood Mountain (2016)
  • Sunset on Santorini by David Foster
    Rochford Street Review (2015)
  • Bluewren Cantos by Mark Tredinnick
    Plumwood Mountain (2014)
  • Love Poems and Death Threats by Samuel Wagan Watson
    Writ Poetry Review (2014)
  • Empty Your Eyes by Robert Adamson
    Rochford Street Review (2014)
  • Decline and Fall by Rae Desmond Jones
    Rochford Street Review (2014)
  • To Catch the Light by Vanessa Kirkpatrick & Ephemeral Waters by Kate Middleton
    foam:e (2014)
  • Flying Low in the Minor Key by Anthony Lawrence
    Rochford Street Review (2013)
  • Between Giants by Ashley Capes
    Rochford Street Review (2013)
  • The Sunlit Zone by Lisa Jacobson
    Rochford Street Review (2013)
  • Stepping Over Seasons by Ashley Capes
    Rochford Street Review (2013)
  • On the Circumvesuviana by Lucy Dougan
    Rochford Street Review (2012)
  • Recordings
  • “Convalescence”, The Meanjin Podcast
  • “Suicide Country”, Oddsox on the album Woodstock
  • “Oblivion”, on the album Audacious: Issue 4
    (Melbourne Spoken Word, 2017)
  • Editor
  • Verity La
    (Poetry Editor, 2014 - present)
  • Forgetting is So Long
    (Blank Rune Press, 2015)
  • The Hunger: Verity La Anthology 1
    Verity La Press (2018)
  • Embody: Verity La Anthology 2
    Verity La Press (2020)
  • Interviews
  • Poole, V. 2018, The Poet Speaks: Robbie Coburn
    (Husk Magazine, 2018)
  • Dolce, J. 2017, Dirty Laundry: The Art of Confessional Writing
    (Meanjin, December 2017)
  • Stekelenburg, N. 2016, Poet Robbie Coburn Gives It Mouth
    (Give It Mouth, 2016)
  • Interview on Spoken Word
    (3CR Community Radio, 2016)
  • Minter, P. 2014, Emerging Poet Series: Robbie Coburn
    (Overland, October 2014)



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