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Les Murray

Les Murray
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The widely acclaimed Australian poet Les Murray lives and writes on a farm on the north coast of New South Wales, where he was born in 1938. His books include Dog Fox Field, Translations from the Natural World, Subhuman Redneck Poems, Fredy Neptune: A Novel in Verse, Learning Human: Selected Poems, Conscious and Verbal, and Poems the Size of Photographs. In 1998, Murray was awarded the Gold Medal for Poetry presented by Queen Elizabeth II.

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Waiting for the Past
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Waiting for the Past

Les Murray
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A new collection of poems from Les Murray that renews and transforms the contemporary world through language

In Waiting for the Past, Les Murray employs his molten sense of language...

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Translations from the Natural World
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Translations from the Natural World

Les Murray
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The centerpiece of this collection of poems is "Presence," a sequence of forty "translations from the natural world" about a variety of settings and their amazing denizens. Lyre birds, honeycombs,...

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Conscious and Verbal
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Conscious and Verbal

Les Murray
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A wonderful new collection by a wizard of contemporary poetry

Everything widens with distance, in this perspective.
The dog's paws, trotting, rotate his end of infinity
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Taller When Prone
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Taller When Prone

Les Murray
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

"Les Murray has earned his reputation not only as one of Australia's finest writers but as one of the most engaging poets writing in English today." Kate Kellaway, The Observer (London)...

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Killing the Black Dog
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Killing the Black Dog

Les Murray
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In 1988, shortly after moving from Sydney back to his birthplace in the rural New South Wales hamlet of Bunyah, Les Murray was struck with depression. In the months that followed, the "Black Dog"...

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The Biplane Houses
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The Biplane Houses

Les Murray
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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...

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Poems the Size of Photographs
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Poems the Size of Photographs

Les Murray
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Brief, that place in the year
when a blossoming pear tree
with its sweet laundered scent
reinhabits wooden roads
that arch and diverge up

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Learning Human
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Learning Human

Les Murray
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A bighearted selection from the inimitable Australian poet's diverse ten-book body of work

Les Murray is one of the great poets of the English language, past, present, and future. Learning...

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Fredy Neptune
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Fredy Neptune

Les Murray
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A riveting, beautiful novel in verse by Australia's greatest contemporary poet, winner of the 1996 T. S. Eliot Prize.

I never learned the old top ropes,
I was always in steam.
Less...

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Subhuman Redneck Poems
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Subhuman Redneck Poems

Les Murray
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Winner of the 1996 T. S. Eliot Prize for the Best Book of Poetry in English

Joseph Brodsky once said of Les Murray: "He is, quite simply, the one by whom the language lives." In these darkly...

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