Poems the Size of Photographs
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Brief, that place in the year
when a blossoming pear tree
with its sweet laundered scent
reinhabits wooden roads
that arch and diverge up
into electronic snow city.
--"Brief, That Place in the Year"

In Poems The Size of Photographs, Les Murray deftly maneuvers through familiar themes--the local terrain of the Australian people, politics, and landscape, as well as the terrain that...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 14th 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published January 1st 2002)
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This is a good example of how I feel often I don't get poetry ... weird for me to admit simply because I love poetry and have plenty of favorite poets ... but so much in here or the couple of poems they include in a journal, I just don't know what the point is.

Nonetheless, there were two poems I liked ... here they are:

The Engineer Formally Known as Strangelove

Mein Fuhrer, they called me Doctor Strangelove
in the 1960s. This now they'd dare not do.
Right and Left then thought in Perverts, like yo...more
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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...more
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