Robert Gray (poet)

Robert Gray ( born February 23, 1945) is an Australian poet.

Gray grew up in the small town of Coffs Harbour on the north coast of New South Wales; this coast is also the site of many poems that establish his reputation as an outstanding landscape poet. He now lives in Sydney. Edward Thomas, DH Lawrence and William Carlos Williams are among his literary models. Gray is considered alongside Les Murray as one of the most important Australian poet of the present.


Volumes of poetry

  • Introspect, Retrospect. Lyre Bird Writers, Sydney, 1970, ISBN 0909712026th
  • Creek Water Journal. University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia, Queensland 1974, ISBN 0,702,209,457th
  • Grass script. Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1979, ISBN 0207141290th
  • The Skylight. Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1984, ISBN 0,207,148,880th
  • Piano. Angus & Robertson, North Ryde, New South Wales, 1988, ISBN 0207158908th
  • Certain Things. William Heinemann Australia, Port Melbourne 1993, ISBN 0,855,615,060th
  • Linea Auditions. Duffy & Snellgrove, Potts Point, New South Wales 1996, ISBN 1,875,989,072th
  • New Selected Poems. Duffy & Snellgrove, Sydney 1998, ISBN 1875989234th
  • After Images. Duffy & Snellgrove, Potts Point, New South Wales 2002, ISBN 1876631228th

Poems in German translation

  • Waning light. English and German. Translated by Joachim Sartorius. Reche, Neumarkt 2008, ISBN 3,929,566,575th


  • The Land I Came Through Last. Giramondo Publishing, Artarmon, New South Wales 2008, ISBN 1920882359th


  • Shaw Neilson: Selected Poems. Angus & Robertson, Pymble, New South Wales 1993, ISBN 020717170X.
  • John Olsen: Drawn from Life. Duffy & Snellgrove, Sydney 1997, ISBN 187598917X.
  • With Geoffrey Lehmann: The Younger Australian Poets. Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, 1983, ISBN 0-86806-064- X, ISBN 0-86806-065-8.
  • With Geoffrey Lehmann: Australian Poetry in the Twentieth Century. Heinemann, Port Melbourne, 1991, ISBN 0-85561-391-2.