My chapbook ‘Before Bone and Viscera’ has been reviewed by Justin Lowe in Rochford street Review. Thanks to Justin.
Before Bone and Viscera by Robbie Coburn. Rochford Street Press, 2014
The young poet, Robbie Coburn was, for this reviewer, the great find of last year with his first full-length collection, Rain Season (Picaro Press, 2013). The precision and deftness of touch, the staggering emotional range in one so young left a strong impression. The poet in that collection was able to acheive that most celebrated and all-too-rarely mastered trick in the post-war Australian tradition, a seamless fusion of the interior and exterior, of the poet-as-subject and the tortured landscape of rural Victoria
rain comes too late like a disorderly, drunken God,
mistimed wires driving days of burning to a close.
sheets and miles of fall, dark shades of rain
align the twilight.
‘Rain Season vi.’
In Rain Season, Coburn employed the landscape less as a backdrop than as a canvas where he could lay bare his…
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