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Poems the Size of Photographs

Les Murray

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ISBN: 978 1 857546 09 5
Categories: Australian
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: September 2002
150 x 150 x 6 mm
106 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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    We're driving across tableland
    somewhere in the world;
    it is almost bare of trees.

    Upland near void of features
    aways moves me, but not to thought;
    it lets me rest from thinking.

    I feel no need to interpret it
    as if it were art. Too much
    of poetry is criticism now.

    That hawk, clinging to
    the eaves of the wind, beating
    its third wing, its tail

    isn't mine to sell. And here is
    more like the space that needs
    to exist around an image.

    This cloud-roof country reminds me
    of the character of people
    who first encountered roses in soap.

    Poems The Size of Photographs is the latest collection of brief, humorous and insightful poems from the prize-winning Australian poet, Les Murray. This accessible and beautiful book will appeal to both occasional and dedicated poetry readers.
    Les Murray was born in 1938 and grew up on a dairy farm at Bunyah on the north coast of New South Wales, where he still lives. He studied at Sydney University and later worked as a translator at the Australian National University and as an officer in the Prime Minister's ... read more
    Awards won by Les Murray Long-listed, 1994 for the Oxford Chair of Poetry. Winner, 1996 T.S. Eliot Prize for the best collection. (Subhuman Redneck Poems) Winner, 1999 Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.
    Praise for Les Murray   Les Murray's Taller When Prone shows a poetic master nimbly and lyrically at work. Now seventy-two, Murray writes with the bigness of soul of a person twice his age. This collection adds another chuckie to the cairn of a remarkable personal achievement. A Nobel Prize for that man, please. - Robert Crawford, TLS Books Of The Year 2010 'Richly prolific, profoundly plebeian, full of wit, learning and dexterity, Australia's greatest living poet'  Boyd Tonkin 'It would be as myopic to regard Mr Murray as an Australian poet as to call Yeats an Irishman. He is, quite simply, the one by whom the language lives.' Joseph Brodsky. 'There is no poetry in the English language now so rooted in its sacredness, so broad-leafed in its pleasures, and yet so intimate and conversational.' Derek Walcott, The New Republic '...the true spokesman of the whole nation, the custodian of its soul... the most accomplished poet in Australia today, and among the half dozen most successful poets in the English language...' Peter Porter 'perhaps the most naturally gifted poet of his generation' David Malouf 'It should hardly need saying that merely to mention Les Murray is to heighten the tone of the discourse.' Clive James, TLS '...a waterfall of a poet, satisfying as a draught of Coonawarra Cabernet -- a year's discovery.' Martin Dodsworth, Guardian 'Les Murray is writing poetry with a lyric grandeur and verbal resourcefulness that are reassuring.' Mark Strand 'Les Murray is a major Australian poet of our time, full stop.' Douglas Dunn 'It is wonderfully disciplined writing, offering what poetry and nothing else can offer, an art that arrests one's otherwise ever frustrated sense of the richness of the life that lives only for the moment.' C.K.Stead, London Review of Books 'Critics speak of him as one of the finest poets writing in English today, one of the superleague which includes Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott and Joseph Brodsky.' Blake Morrison, Independent on Sunday
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