The contemporary Australian poet Les Murray is as admired and respected as any poet working today. Joseph Brodsky once called him "the one by whom the language lives." Harold Bloom has compared him to Walt Whitman, as well as to John Ashbery and A. R. Ammons, adding: "I can think of no [poet] of Murray's own generation who is his equal in range, intensity, and the absolute joy of being." This far-reaching yet accessible book includes the strongest verse from each of Murray's poetry collections so far—The Ilex Tree (1965), The Weatherboard Cathedral (1969), Poems Against Economics (1972), Lunch and Counter Lunch (1974), Ethnic Radio (1977), The People's Otherworld (1983), The Daylight Moon (1987), Dog Fox Field (1992), Translations from the Natural World (1992), and Subhuman Redneck Poems (1996)—along with a dozen new poems. With over 130 poems in all, Learning Human is the best opportunity yet for American readers to encounter the poetry of an eloquent, moving, and truly important writer.