Treasure Island

Les Murray

(17 October 1938)

Quotations

  • ''Some people are born to fatness. Others have to get there.''
    Les Murray (b. 1938), Australian poet. Independent on Sunday (London, April 15, 1990).
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  • ''Strung out and spotty, you wriggle and sigh
    and kiss all the fellows and make them all die.''
    Les Murray (b. 1938), Australian poet. "Little Boy Blue."

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The Butter Factory

It was built of things that must not mix:
paint, cream, and water, fire and dusty oil.
You heard the water dreaming in its large
kneed pipes, up from the weir. And the cordwood
our fathers cut for the furnace stood in walls
like the sleeper-stacks of a continental railway.

The cream arrived in lorried tides; its procession
crossed a platform of workers' stagecraft: Come here

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