The final collection from the award-winning ‘poet of the Hawkesbury River’
In the old days I used to think art
That was purely imagined could fly higher
Than anything real. Now I feel a small fluttering
Bird in my own pulse, a connection to the sky.
-from ‘The Kingfisher’s Soul’
In the last year of his life, with the help of friend and poet Devin Johnston, Robert Adamson put together a selection of his writings on the natural world. Birds and Fish defines the presences in his life on the Hawkesbury River and includes excerpts from his autobiography, Inside Out, as well as essays written over the years for Fishing WorldCanticles on the Skin, was published in 1970. He published numerous books and was widely awarded for his poetry and memoir. In 2011 he was awarded the Blake Poetry Prize and the Patrick White Award.