Learning Human Selected Poems

ISBN-10: 0374527237

ISBN-13: 9780374527235

Edition: N/A

Authors: Les A. Murray

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A bighearted selection from the inimitable Australian poet's diverse ten-book body of work Les Murray is one of the great poets of the English language, past, present, and future. Learning Human contains the poems he considers his best: 137 poems written since 1965, presented here in roughly chronological order, and including a dozen poems published for the first time in this book. Murray has distinguished between what he calls the "Narrowspeak" of ordinary affairs, of money and social position, of interest and calculation, and the "Wholespeak" of life in its fullness, of real religion, and of poetry. Poetry, he proposes, is the most human of activities, partaking of reason, the dream, and the dance all at once -- "the whole simultaneous gamut of reasoning, envisioning, feeling, and vibrating we go through when we are really taken up with some matter, and out of which we may act on it. We are not just thinking about whatever it may be, but savouring it and experiencing it and wrestling with it in the ghostly sympathy of our muscles. We are alive at full stretch towards it." He explains: "Poetry models the fullness of life, and also gives its objects presence. Like prayer, it pulls all the motions of our life and being into a concentrated true attentiveness to which God might speak." The poems gathered here give us a poet who is altogether alive and at full stretch toward experience. Learning Human, an ideal introduction to Les Murray's poetry, suggests the variety, the intensity, and the generosity of this great poet's work so far.
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 3/14/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

The Burning Truck
Driving Through Sawmill Towns
An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow
Vindaloo in Merthyr Tydfil
Incorrigible Grace
Boopis
The Pure Food Act
Jozsef
Kiss of the Whip
The Broad Bean Sermon
The Mitchells
The Powerline Incarnation
Creeper Habit
Employment for the Castes in Abeyance
The Buladelah-Taree Holiday Song Cycle
The Gum Forest
Rainwater Tank
The Future
Immigrant Voyage
Homage to the Launching-place
First Essay on Interest
The Fishermen at South Head
View of Sydney, Australia, from Gladesville Road Bridge
Quintets for Robert Morley
Equanimity
Shower
The Quality of Sprawl
Weights
Midsummer Ice
Machine Portraits with Pendant Spaceman
Little Boy Impelling a Scooter
The Hypogeum
Second Essay on Interest: The Emu
A Retrospect of Humidity
Flowering Eucalypt in Autumn
The Chimes of Neverwhere
The Smell of Coal Smoke
Time Travel
Late Snow in Edinburgh
Flood Plains on the Coast Facing Asia
The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever
The Sleepout
Louvres
The Drugs of War
Letters to the Winner
The Milk Lorry
The Butter Factory
Bats' Ultrasound
The Lake Surnames
Nocturne
Lotus Dam
Hearing Impairment
Poetry and Religion
May--When Bounty Is Down to Persimmons and Lemons
June--The Kitchens
July--Midwinter Haircut
November--The Misery Cord
December--Infant Among Cattle
February--Feb
The Transposition of Clermont
The Emerald Dove
Cave Divers Near Mount Gambier
The Tin Wash Dish
The Cows on Killing Day
The Pole Barns
The 1812 Overture at Topkapi Saray
Glaze
Shale Country
The International Terminal
Mirror-glass Skyscrapers
Dog Fox Field
Words of the Glassblowers
High Sugar
On Removing Spiderweb
The Assimilation of Background
Accordion Music
Slip
Ariel
Politics and Art
The Ballad of the Barbed-Wire Ocean
Midnight Lake
Antarctica
Blue Roan
An Era
Wagtail
Lyre Bird
Shoal
Cattle Ancestor
Mollusc
Echidna
Shellback Tick
Cell DNA
Goose to Donkey
Spermaceti
Migratory
The Fellow Human
The Wedding at Berrico
The Say-but-the-Word Centurion Attempts a Summary
Dead Trees in the Dam
The Rollover
Corniche
Suspended Vessels
The Water Column
The Beneficiaries
Like Wheeling Stacked Water
Wallis Lake Estuary
Memories of the Height-to-Weight Ratio
On Home Beaches
Water-Gardening in an Old Farm Dam
It Allows a Portrait in Line-Scan at Fifteen
Performance
Australian Love Poem
Inside Ayers Rock
Contested Landscape at Forsayth
The Shield-Scales of Heraldry
The Year of the Kiln Portraits
Tympan Alley
A Lego of Driving to Sydney
Burning Want
The Last Hellos
Comete
Cotton Flannelette
The Trances
The Warm Rain
Demo
The Genetic Galaxy
Blowfly Grass
The Head-Spider
Dreambabwe
One Kneeling, One Looking Down
Bottles in the Bombed City
The Margin of Difference
The Harleys
Aurora Prone
The Instrument
Rodd Island Wedding
Coolongolook Timber Mill
Incunabular
To Me You'll Always Be Spat
The Disorderly
Five Postcards
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines
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