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Learning Human: Selected Poems

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A bighearted selection from the inimitable Australian poet's diverse ten-book body of work

Les Murray is one of the great poets of the English language, past, present, and future. Learning Human contains the poems he considers his best: 137 poems written since 1965, presented here in roughly chronological order, and including a dozen poems published for the first time in th
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 14th 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2000)
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Feb 03, 2015 Tristan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was quite enjoyable. Murray paints some truly beautiful pictures of the human condition, especially "An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow", which is about a man weeping in the middle of the road, and "The Transposition of Clermont", which is the story of a town being moved wholesale and does a wonderful job of capturing all the contradictory parts of our lives and the way they coexist. also very good was the heartbreaking "The Chimes of Neverwhere" and all of the poems from "The Idyll Wheel" ...more
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I've been reading this book in scrips and scraps for a month, and finally closed the pages on the last poem this morning.

There is a reason that Les Murray is Australia's unofficial poet laureate. This book makes it clear. He writes poems about pretty much anything. Animals, politics and religion are his main themes, but all kinds of thoughts on art, sex, family, history and science surface and shimmer in his verse. Whatever he touches with his mind becomes strange. The main quality of his langua
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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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