Taller When Prone

Taller When Prone


Book - 2011
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A New York Times Notable Book for 2011

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!

I managed
to answer her: Ma'am
they've done you nothing but good!
which was perhaps immodest
of whoever I am.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374272371
Call Number: 821.914 M9648t 2011
Characteristics: ix, 82 p. ; 22 cm


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