Robbie Coburn

robbie-coburn-photoRobbie Coburn was born in June 1994 in Melbourne and grew up in the rural district of Woodstock, Victoria. He has published a collection, Rain Season (Picaro Press, 2013), as well as several chapbooks and pamphlets. His latest chapbook is Mad Songs (Blank Rune Press, 2015).A new collection of poetry The Other Flesh and a novel Conversation with Skin, are forthcoming. He currently resides in Melbourne.


Anorexia in Autumn

image of autumn breaking against the trees
the vast expanses of light forming on the lands surface 
fragments of this, and still, no substantial change.
a vision of physicality placed on the grasses.
      no reason for this starving feeling but control.

you are young.      your body withstands deprivation.

sectioning off the skin, the carrion-lined flesh that hungers
the hanging of clouds decorating the sky carefully.
moving towards an ideal disappearance, even out here.

I like to touch your bones. 
I like to watch you shrinking.
your figure is perfect 

       when you lie back in the dark and no longer 
belong anywhere.


A Waking Farm

We will never know what they are barking at.
piercing the air at dawn
   steadily they continue against the wind,
the persistent thread of breath 
through wire.