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New Selected Poems

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A fresh selection of the finest poems—some previously uncollected—by one of our finest English-language poets

Why write poetry? For the weird unemployment.
For the painless headaches, that must be tapped to strike
down along your writing arm at the accumulated moment.
For the adjustments after, aligning facets in a verb
before the trance leaves you. For working always beyond

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1998)
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I've just started a poem or two a day to reacquaint myself with Les's poems, here collected in a new edition (Manchester, Carcanet 2012) with this excellent frog cover. The poems are mixed together in an unusual way- not chronological. So far, apart from my old friend, The Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow, I like Driving Through Sawmill Towns and Creeper Habit. Poems to savour, like a good wine that you swish around in your mouth because you don't want to let the flavour go.
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Leslie Allan Murray (born 1938) is the outstanding poet of his generation and one of his country's most influential literary critics. A nationalist and republican, he sees his writing as helping to define, in cultural and spiritual terms, what it means to be Australian.

Leslie Allan Murray was born in 1938 in Nabiac, a village on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia, and spent his childho
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