The Biplane Houses

Poems

Les Murray

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This is Les Murray’s first new volume of poems since Poems the Size of Photographs in 2002. In it we find Murray at his nearmiraculous best. The collection—named for a kind of house distinctive to Murray’s native Australia—exhibits both his unfailing grace as a writer and his ability to write in any voice, style, or genre: there are story poems, puns extended to poem length, history—and myths in miniature, aphoristic fragments, and domestic portraits. As ever, Murray’s evocation of the natural world is unparalleled in its inventiveness and virtuosity. The Biplane Houses is ardent, eloquent, enchanting poetry.

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“The most impressive thing about the new poems [in The Biplane Houses] is their capacity, writing ‘with a whole heart,’ to find the pathos in unlikely subjects.” —Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker

“The best writer of poetry in English.” —Fraser Sutherland, The Globe and Mail

The Biplane Houses offers challenges and pleasures to readers who appreciate that ‘punning moves toward music.’” —Alexandra Yurkovsky, San Francisco Chronicle

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Les Murray

Les Murray is the author of twelve books of poetry. Subhuman Redneck Poems (FSG, 1997) received the T. S. Eliot Prize, and in 1998 Queen Elizabeth 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

Trade Paperback

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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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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