The Vernacular Republic: Poems 1961-1981

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Canongate, 1982 - 219 pages

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Contents

The Burning Truck
1
The Princes Land
17
An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow
30
Lament for the Country Soldiers
47
A Helicopter View of Terrestrial Stars
60
Incorrigible Grace
64
Birds in their Title Work Freeholds of Straw
65
The Names of the Humble
67
Seven Voices
93
Plainclothes Park
94
Rostered Duty
96
The Lips Move During Anointing
97
The Breach
99
Sergeant Forby Lectures the Cadets
101
Aqualung Shinto
103
The Canberra Suburbs Infinite Extension
107

The Artery
70
Death Words
71
The Commonwealth of Manu
72
Stockman Songs
73
The Bush
75
Poley Bullock Couplets
76
Novilladas Democraticas
79
Halls Cattle
80
Boopis
82
The Pure Food Act
83
Goloka
84
J6zsef
92
Their Cities Their Universities
108
Kiss of the Whip
112
On the Wreckage of a Hijacked Airliner
113
Sidere Mens Eadem Mutato
124
The Action
131
The FlyingFox Dreaming
137
Sydney and the Bush
143
Creeper Habit
150
The Cardiff Commonwealth Arts Festival Poetry
157
The Swarm
170
Rainwater Tank
177
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About the author (1982)

Leslie Allan Murray (born 17 October 1938), known as Les Murray, is an Australian poet, anthologist, and critic. His career spans over forty years, and he has published nearly 30 volumes of poetry, as well as two verse novels and collections of his prose writings. His poetry has won many awards and he is regarded as "the leading Australian poet of his generation." Murray was shortlisted twice for the International Griffin Poetry Prize. His works include Learning Human and Conscious & Verbal. In 1990, he won the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry for Dog Fox Field. In 1993, the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry for Translations from the Natural World. In 1996, he won the T. S. Eliot Prize for Subhuman Redneck Poems and in 1998 he won the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. He will be attending the Sydney Writers Festival 2015.

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