A Poetry Archive recording by

Les Murray

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These poems come from a special recording for the Poetry Archive:

  • 1 -
    "The Sleepout"

  • 2 -
    "The Pure Food Act"

  • 3 -
    "An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow"

  • 4 -
    "The Powerline Incarnation"

  • 5 -
    "Employment for the Castes in Abeyance"

  • 6 -
    "The Future"

  • 7 -
    "Midsummer Ice"

  • 8 -
    "Time Travel"

  • 9 -
    "Hearing Impairment"

  • 10 -
    "Poetry and Religion"

  • 11 -

  • 12 -
    "High Sugar"

  • 13 -
    "On Removing Spiderweb"

  • 14 -

  • 15 -
    "Mollusc"

  • 16 -
    "It Allows A Portrait in Line Scan at Fifteen"

  • 17 -
    "The Shield-Scales of Heraldry"

  • 18 -
    "Tympan Alley"

  • 19 -
    "Burning Want"

  • 20 -

  • 21 -
    "Cotton Flannelette"

  • 22 -
    "One Kneeling, One Looking Down"

  • 23 -
    "The Margin of Difference"

  • 24 -
    "The Harleys"

  • 25 -
    "The Holy Show"

  • 26 -
    "Music to Me is like Days"

  • 27 -
    "Rodd Island Wedding"

  • 28 -
    "In the Costume of Andalusia"

  • 29 -
    "On the Borders"

  • 30 -

  • 31 -
    "Ernest Hemingway and the Latest Quake"

  • 32 -
    "The Images Alone"

  • 33 -
    "The Tin Clothes"

  • 34 -
    "The Moon Man"

  • 35 -
    "Succour"

  • 36 -
    "Predawn in Health"

  • 37 -
    "Visitor"

  • 38 -
    "Starry Night"

  • 39 -
    "Jellyfish"

  • 40 -
    "Lace Curtain"

  • 41 -
    "A Countryman"

  • 42 -
    "In a Time of Cuisine"

  • 43 -

  • 44 -
    "A Study of the Nude"

  • 45 -
    "The Knockdown Question"

  • 46 -
    "Pop Music"

  • 47 -
    "The Body in Physics"

  • 48 -

  • 49 -
    "The Poisons of Right and Left"

  • 50 -
    "Apsley Falls"

  • 51 -
    "Portrait of a Felspar-Coloured Cat"

  • 52 -
    "Explaining a Cheese"

  • 53 -
    "A Shrine House"

  • 54 -
    "Experience"

  • 55 -


Select bibliography

  • The llex Tree (with Geoffrey Lehmann), Canberra, ANU Press, 1965 - out of print
  • The Weatherboard Cathedral, Sydney, Angus & Robertson, 1969 - out of print
  • Poems Against Economics, Angus & Robertson, 1972 - out of print
  • Lunch & Counter Lunch, Angus & Robertson, 1974 - out of print
  • Selected Poems: The Vernacular Republic, Angus & Robertson, 1976 - out of print
  • Ethnic Radio, Angus & Robertson, 1977 - out of print
  • The Peasant Mandarin: Prose Pieces, St. Lucia, UQP, 1978
  • The Boys Who Stole The Funeral, Angus & Robertson, 1979, 1980 and Manchester, Carcanet, 1989 - out of print
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  • The Vernacular Republic: Poems 1961-1981, Angus & Robertson, 1982; Edinburgh, Canongate, 1982; New York, Persea Books, 1982 and (enlarged and revised edition) Angus & Robertson, 1988 - out of print
  • The People's Otherworld, Angus & Robertson, 1983 - out of print
  • The Australian Year: The Chronicle of our Seasons and Celebrations, Angus & Robertson, 1984 - out of print
  • Persistence in Folly: Selected Prose Writings, Angus & Robertson, 1984 - out of print
  • Anthology of Australian Religious Poetry (editor), Melbourne, Collins Dove, 1986 (new ed. 1991) - out of print
  • The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse (editor), Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1986 and Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1991, 1999
  • Selected Poems, Carcanet, 1986 - out of print
  • The Daylight Moon, Angus & Robertson, 1987; Carcanet 1988 and Persea Books, 1988
  • Blocks and Tackles: Articles and Essays 1982 to 1990, Angus & Robertson, 1990
  • Dog Fox Field, Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1990; Carcanet, 1991 and New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1993 - out of print
  • Collected Poems, Angus & Robertson, 1991; Carcanet, 1991; London, Minerva, 1992 and (released as The Rabbiter's Bounty, Collected Poems), Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1991
  • Translations from the Natural World, Paddington: Isabella Press, 1992; Carcanet, 1993 and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994
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  • The Paperbark Tree: Selected Prose, Carcanet, 1992 and Minerva, 1993 - out of print
  • Collected Poems, Port Melbourne, William Heinemann Australia, 1994
  • Fivefathers, Five Australian Poets of the Pre-Academic Era (editor), Carcanet Press, 1994
  • A. B. Paterson, Selected Poems (editor), Collins/Angus & Robertson, 1992, 1996 - out of print
  • Subhuman Redneck Poems, Carcanet and Sydney, Duffy & Snellgrove, 1996
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  • Fredy Neptune, A Novel in Verse, Carcanet and Duffy & Snellgrove, 1998
  • Collected Poems, Carcanet, 1998
  • New Selected Poems, Duffy & Snellgrove, 1999 - out of print
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  • The Quality of Sprawl: Thoughts about Australia, Duffy & Snellgrove, 1999
  • Conscious and Verbal, Carcanet, 1999 and Duffy & Snellgrove, 2000
  • Learning Human, Selected Poems, Farrar Straus Giroux, 2000, Carcanet 2001
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  • A Working Forest (essays), Duffy & Snellgrove, 2000
  • Learning Human, New Selected Poems, Carcanet, 2001
  • Les Murray (Steven Matthews), Manchester University Press 2001
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  • Collected Poems, Duffy & Snellgrove, 2002
  • The Full Dress, An Encounter with the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, 2002
  • Poems the Size of Photographs, Duffy & Snellgrove and Carcanet, 2002
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  • New Collected Poems, Duffy & Snellgrove, 2002 and Carcanet, 2003
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  • Learning Human: New Selected Poems, Duffy & Snellgrove, 2003
  • Best Australian Poems 2004 (editor), Melbourne, Black Inc, 2005
  • Hell and After, Four early English-language poets of Australia (editor), Carcanet, 2005
  • Les Murray Reading from his poems, CD, The Poetry Archive, 2005
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  • Biplane Houses, Carcanet 2006
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  • Taller When Prone Carcanet Press Ltd, 2010
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