Robbie Coburn is an Australian poet. He was born in June 1994 in Melbourne and grew up on his family’s farm in the semi-rural locality of Woodstock, Victoria.
Since his first professional publication at the age of 17, his work has appeared in many Australian and overseas publications such as Poetry, Overland, Westerly, Cordite Poetry Review and Going Down Swinging, and his poems have been anthologised.
He has published a poetry collection, Rain Season (Picaro), a handful of chapbooks and pamphlets.
His work is known for its deeply personal and sometimes confronting nature, and for its often harrowing depictions of farm life in country Victoria.
Les Wicks has commented on both of these characteristics, stating that “[his] ruthless eviscerated honesty and clarity scar the eye” and calling him “the best portraitist of Australian rural life since Brendan Ryan”.
Robert Adamson has noted that his poems “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.”
He currently resides in Melbourne.
“Stay tuned! Nothing prepares you for the shock of a new voice in poetry, and nothing quenches that thirst better than a good dose of poetry. A poetry of place and sensibility can light up a whole landscape, and the poetry of Robbie Coburn does just that. In these poems we see him now in the very act of etching out the details, so hold on, and read on through.”
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