Translations from the Natural World by Les Murray

By Les Murray

Not just the migrating birds communicate in Translations from the wildlife. The imprisoned species of pigs use their slum language; ravens, cuttlefish, sunflowers and a shell-back tick are between these non-verbal contributors of our wildlife which locate particular voices during this new selection of poems by means of Les Murray. Few poets may in attaining such number of method of convey personality and emotions and to offer us their imaginative and prescient of the universe. Les Murray additionally contains the human animal within the poems which commence and finish the gathering.

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31 Standing by my bed In gold sandals Dawn that very moment awoke me ——SAPPHO I. — “ PURELY VISUAL”/LEUR RÔLE EST DONC PUREMENT SPECTACUL AIRE. MATISSE, JAZZ OR SHE FELL VERY SLOWLY TAKE: DRIVING through a pattern of girders and shadows 33 II. ” 34 GALLERY MATISSE, THE PIANO LESSON —“architectonic”: I read that—the shadowed stage left of his son’s face, a précis inverting the shaft of green (sunlight through a window) repeating the pyramid metronome. He’s not as young as he looks, the lad. Tick, tock.

Handle—as object; role of the; its shadow. [hand : envelope : letter : hand] 44 Action, once removed? ) Then again, mine . . Her gift—“in return”—from the first decade of our thirty-four-year correspondence, a selection of my letters now ‘returned to sender’ carefully mounted in a cord-tied, brocade-covered album, each in its opened, original envelope. - to 15-cent) stamps. Re-read with—Vermeer, maybe Hopper? Richter—fascinated apprehension, proceeding from (as Preface) a few notes from high school “still” folded for passing and set—like the envelopes—in photo corners: to unseat, unfold, hold one for reading.

Has painted the woman gazing, and background, her entire surroundings . . (save himself and that [unsaved] half)—a thought. ) 37 KOI (I) was doing my best to see them, what with the reflection 38 KOAN “Everyone knows the sound of two hands clapping. ” COINED ‘Violinisting’: coined. Then I leant on it. The practice of askew until skewed feels like comfort (“a learned thing”). Restful? Zzzz—then I slept on it—sawed, a swaying (pitched), tuning fork, metronome . . 39 awoke in the dark. Certainly electronic; I tried to listen in triplets or randomness—tick, tock—the lyric, based on a pendulum.

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