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Taller When Prone

Les Murray

Taller When Prone by Les Murray
RRP: GBP 9.95
eBook (EPUB)
ISBN: 978 1 847779 67 0
Categories: 21st Century, Australian
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: July 2012
72 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (Kindle)
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  • Thinking up names
    for a lofty farm: High Wallet,
    Cow Terraces, Fogsheep,
    Rainside, Helmet Brush,
    Tipcamber, Dingo Leap...

                           from 'the Cowladder Stanzas'
    Taller When Prone has at its heart Les Murray's celebrations of the rural world in Australia and elsewhere, evoked with a deep understanding of landscapes, and the seasons, working lives and languages that have shaped them. Stories and songs, fragments of conversations, memories and satire comprise this varied, habitable world. In Murray's vigorous and sinuous language, 'song and story are pixels / in a mirrorball', reflecting back to us endless possibilities.  

    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

    From a Tourist Journal
    Bluelookout Mountain
    The Sharman Drum
    The Toppled Head
    Defi nitions
    The Conversations
    The Double Diamond
    As Country Was Slow
    The Death of Isaac Nathan, 1864
    The Filo Soles
    Observing the Mute Cat
    Buttress on a High Cutting
    Nursing Home
    Cattle-Hoof Hardpan
    Phone Canvass
    King Lear Had Alzheimer’s
    Science Fiction
    Atlantic Pavements
    Refusing Saul’s Armour
    Our Dip in the Rift Valley
    Brown Suits
    Southern Hemisphere Garden
    Two Scapes
    The Suspect Corpse
    Eucalypts in Exile
    The Monroe Survey
    Reading by Starlight
    Cherries from Young
    Lunar Eclipse
    High-speed Bird
    The Cowladder Stanzas
    The Farm Terraces
    The Drizzle of Chefs’ Knives
    The Sphere
    The Submerged Chute of Bass Strait
    Visiting Geneva
    The Bronze Bull
    Port Jackson Greaseproof Rose
    The Springfi elds
    Rugby Wheels
    A Frequent Flyer Proposes a Name
    Hesiod on Bushfire
    The Blame
    Singing Tour in Vietnam
    Midwinter Kangaroo Nests
    The 41st Year of 1968
    Daylight Cloth
    The Mirrorball
    Infi nite Anthology
    Wrecked Birds
    At the Opera
    The Relative Gold
    The Cartoonist
    Manuscript Roundel
    Natal Grass
    The Fallen Golfer
    The Man in the White Bay Hotel
    Winding Up at the Bootmaker’s

    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 Short-listed, 2015 T. S. Eliot Prize (Waiting for the Past ) 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.
    '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
    Praise for Les Murray 'Very occasionally you come across something on the page which makes you think ''you can't do any better than this.'' Perfection achieved.'
    BBC Radio 4's Saturday Review 
     'Waiting for the Past is a brilliant collection by a brilliant poet.'
    Anthony Domestico, Commonweal Magazine
    '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
    '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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