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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Amanda's Painting

In the painting, I'm seated in a shield,
coming home in it up a shadowy river.
It is a small metal boat lined in eggshell
and my hands grip the gunwale rims. I'm
a composite bow, tensioning the whole boat,
steering it with my gaze. No oars, no engine,
no sails. I'm propelling the little craft with speech.
The faded rings around the loose bulk shirt
are of five lines each, a musical lineation

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