Les Murray

(17 October 1938)

Les Murray Poems

1. Travels With John Hunter 1/13/2003
2. The New Hieroglyphics 1/13/2003
3. Towards The Imminent Days (Section 4) 1/13/2003
4. The Sleepout 1/13/2003
5. The Mowed Hollow 1/13/2003
6. The Quality Of Sprawl 1/13/2003
7. The Instrument 10/10/2011
8. Amanda's Painting 1/13/2003
9. Cockspur Bush 1/13/2003
10. On The Borders 1/13/2003
11. The Butter Factory 1/13/2003
12. The Harleys 1/13/2003
13. Shower 1/13/2003
14. The Images Alone 1/13/2003
15. Comete 1/13/2003
16. Inside Ayers Rock 1/13/2003
17. Flowering Eucalypt In Autumn 1/13/2003
18. Performance 1/13/2003
19. Predawn In Health 1/13/2003
20. Aurora Prone 1/13/2003
21. A Retrospect Of Humidity 1/13/2003
22. The Meaning Of Existence 1/13/2003
23. Bat's Ultrasound 1/13/2003
24. Music To Me Is Like Days 1/13/2003
25. Late Summer Fires 1/13/2003
26. The Aboriginal Cricketer 1/13/2003
27. On Home Beaches 1/13/2003
28. Poetry And Religion 1/13/2003
29. Pigs 1/13/2003
30. The Dream Of Wearing Shorts Forever 1/13/2003
31. Noonday Axeman 10/15/2005
32. An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Les Murray

An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow

The word goes round Repins,
the murmur goes round Lorenzinis,
at Tattersalls, men look up from sheets of numbers,
the Stock Exchange scribblers forget the chalk in their hands
and men with bread in their pockets leave the Greek Club:
There's a fellow crying in Martin Place. They can't stop him.

The traffic in George Street is banked up for half a mile
and drained of motion. The crowds are edgy with talk
and more crowds come hurrying. Many run in the back streets
which minutes ago were busy main streets, pointing:
There's a fellow weeping down there. No one can...

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On The Borders

We're driving across tableland
somewhere in the world;
it is almost bare of trees.

Upland near void of features
always moves me, but not to thought;
it lets me rest from thinking.

I feel no need to interpret it

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