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Taller When Prone
RRP: GBP 9.95
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ISBN: 978 1 847779 68 7
Categories: 21st Century, Australian
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: July 2012
72 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), Paperback
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
The Sharman Drum
The Toppled Head
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
King Lear Had Alzheimer’s
Refusing Saul’s Armour
Our Dip in the Rift Valley
Southern Hemisphere Garden
The Suspect Corpse
Eucalypts in Exile
The Monroe Survey
Reading by Starlight
Cherries from Young
The Cowladder Stanzas
The Farm Terraces
The Drizzle of Chefs’ Knives
The Submerged Chute of Bass Strait
The Bronze Bull
Port Jackson Greaseproof Rose
The Springfi elds
A Frequent Flyer Proposes a Name
Hesiod on Bushfire
Singing Tour in Vietnam
Midwinter Kangaroo Nests
The 41st Year of 1968
Infi nite Anthology
At the Opera
The Relative Gold
The Fallen Golfer
The Man in the White Bay Hotel
Winding Up at the Bootmaker’s
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 '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
'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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