The Biplane Houses

Poems

Les Murray

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Les Murray’s first new book since Poems the Size of Photographs (2002) finds him at his near-miraculous best. Where that book and the book-length poem Fredy Neptune (1999) were animated by Murray‘s choice of a single mode of approach (the short poem, the modern epic), this one calls on his ability to write in any voice, style, and genre: there are story poems, wordplays, history—and myth-makings, domestic portraits, and Australian landscapes (such as the one that gives the book its title). The Biplane Houses is evidence of a great poet in top form.

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“The great bulk of Murray’s poetry [is] unlike anything else in the world of modern writing. It is above controversy, about modernism and traditionalism and remains a challenge to whatever is left of contemporary commitment to verse.” —The Guardian

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Les Murray

Les Murray is the author of many books of poetry, including Conscious and Verbal and Learning Human: Selected Poems. In 1998 Queen Elizabeth II presented him with the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He lives on a farm on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia.

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The Biplane Houses
Poems
Les Murray

Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 2007
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374115487
ISBN10: 0374115486
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 112 pages
$23.00

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Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
August 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374531287
ISBN10: 0374531285
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 112 pages
$14.00
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