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Taller When Prone
by Les Murray
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Taller When Prone is Les Murray’s first volume of new poems since The Biplane Houses, published five years ago. These poems combine a mastery of form with a matchless ear for the Australian vernacular. Many evoke rural life here and abroad—its rhythms and rituals, the natural world, the landscape and the people who have shaped it. There are traveler’s tales, elegies, meditative fragments, and satirical sketches. Above all, there is Murray’s astonishing versatility, on display here at its exhilarating best.
We were at dinner in Soho
and the couple at the next table
rose to go. The woman paused to say
to me: I just wanted you to know
I have got all your cook books
and I swear by them!
to answer her: Ma'am
they've done you nothing but good!
which was perhaps immodest
of whoever I am.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:29:02 -0400)
'Taller When Prone' is a movingly honest chapter in the achievement of this Herculean poet.
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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