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The Biplane Houses

Les Murray

The Biplane Houses by Les Murray
Categories: Australian, Christianity
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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(Pub. Sep 2006)
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  • Having tacked loose tin panels
    of the car shed together
    Peter the carpenter walks straight up
    the ladder, no hands,
    and buttons down lapels of the roof.
    from 'The Shining Slopes and Planes'
    In his first new volume of poems since Poems the Size of Photographs (2002), Les Murray celebrates the grace and variousness of the world with an unfailing abundance of imagination and linguistic energy. Here is a poet writing at the height of his powers, capturing the richness of life in story-poems, word-plays, history- and myth-makings, aphoristic fragments and domestic portraits, recollections of rural Australia and moments of urban experience. Houses - as home, landscape and metaphor - form a many-sided theme of the book, and as ever Murray's evocation of the natural world is unparalleled in its inventiveness.

    The Averted
    Early Summer Hail with Rhymes in O
    Post Mortem
    The Hanging Gardens
    Leaf Brims
    The Statistics of Good
    Twelve Poems
    Too Often Round the Galleries
    Travelling the British Roads
    The Test
    The Kitchen Grammars
    Winter Winds
    The Tune on Your Mind
    The Domain of the Octopus
    A Dialect History of Australia
    For an Eightieth Birthday
    On the Central Coast Line
    Melbourne Pavement Coffee
    Photographing Aspiration
    Black Belt in Marital Arts
    The Welter
    A Levitation of Land
    Through the Lattice Door
    On the North Coast Line
    The Nostril Songs
    For a Convert in Boston
    The Newcastle Rounds
    The House Left in English
    Upright Clear Across
    Ghost Story
    The Shining Slopes and Planes
    The Succession
    A Stampede of the Sacrifice
    The Offshore Island
    An Acrophobe’s Dragon
    As Night-Dwelling Winter Approaches
    The Hoaxist
    Barker Unchained
    The Cool Green
    Death from Exposure
    Me and Je Reviens
    Pastoral Sketches
    Japanese Sword Blades in the British Museum
    The Mare out on the Road
    The Blueprint
    Blueprint II
    Norfolk Island
    Ends of the Earth
    The Sick-Bags
    Lateral Dimensions
    Bright Lights on Earth
    Panic Attack
    Recognising the Derision as Fear
    Gentrifical Force
    The Physical Diaspora of William Wallace
    The Brick Funnel
    Sunday on a Country River
    Ripe in the Arbours of the Nose
    The Weatherproof Jungle Tree
    Jet Propulsion Stereo
    Industrial Relations
    Les Murray (1938-2019) grew up on a dairy farm at Bunyah on the north coast of New South Wales. 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 Department. His real vocation was poetry, however, and ... 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.
    Praise for Les Murray 'His poetry was never less than a rough-edged hymn of praise to the ceaseless and unstoppable wonders of Creation'

    Michael Glover, The Tablet

    'The poems in this posthumous collection are, as so often in his work, intelligent, high-spirited, coolly or crudely argued, full of small delights, often with a strong dose of wrongheadedness... Murray was that rare thing, a poet who whatever his debts seemed an original.'

    William Logan, The New York Times

    '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
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