jueves, 14 de julio de 2016

Les Murray


Australian poet Les Murray grew up in poverty on his grandparents’ farm in Bunyah, New South Wales, a district he moved back to with his own family in 1985. The recipient of numerous honors for his poetry, he has published collections including The Ilex Tree (with Geoff Lehmann, 1965) and Dog Fox Field (1990), both winners of the Grace Levin Prize for poetry; Subhuman Redneck Poems (1996), winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry and a UK Poetry Society Choice; Learning Human (2000); Conscious and Verbal (2001); Poems the Size of Photographs (2004); and Taller When Prone (2011). He is also the author of Killing the Black Dog: A Memoir of Depression (2011).

Recurrent subjects in Murray’s work are the history and landscape of Australia, white settlers, indigenous life, family, and the rural landscape. The Poetry Book Society said of The Biplane Houses (2006), “His concerns . . . are addressed in poems that range from the polemical and punning to the lyrical and mythic.” His works are replete with imagery of the Australian landscape, but Dan Chiasson has observed that “the key to Murray . . . is not landscape but rage. ‘How naturally random recording edges into contempt,’ Murray writes, identifying the poles for his combustible temperament.” 

In a 1998 BBC interview, Murray explained that his composition of poems takes place in a trance: “It’s an integration of the body-mind and the dreaming-mind and the daylight-conscious-mind.” 

Murray’s work has been translated into 10 languages, and he has been awarded the Australian Literature Society’s Gold Medal and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. In 1996 Murray suffered from a liver infection; when he woke after three weeks in a coma, the press reported that he was again “conscious and verbal,” a condition that inspired the title of his 2001 collection of poems.


Praise for Waiting for the Past

‘A profuse talent for image making and a capacity to fold syntax, sense, and sound into extraordinary verbal forms … [Murray] is able to submit his consciousness to alien states and beings, inhabit them, and bring forth poems of startling originality in extraordinary language.’ 
Australian Book Review

‘Les Murray's new book, Waiting for the Past, is not one that his numerous admirers will want to pass up…it's a vintage collection.’ —Sydney Morning Herald

‘No one writes like Murray: so truthful, nakedly emotional, wry, watchful. He’s set deep in the Australian landscape, writing about back roads, vertigo, sliced bread, old typewriters and the persistence of love. Murray is the holy fool of his own poems, and a hero of poetry.’ —the Guardian, Best Books of 2015

Les Murray by David Naseby


Published works by Les Murray: comprising PoetryProseWorks in Translation and Edited Volumes (based upon material provided by Les Murray and biographer, Peter Alexander). Also listed are academic Studies on Les Murray.
The llex Tree
(with Geoffrey Lehmann)
Canberra: ANU Press, 1965.
The Weatherboard CathedralThe Weatherboard Cathedral
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1969.
Poems Against Economics
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1972.
Lunch & Counter LunchLunch & Counter Lunch
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1974.

The Vernacular RepublicSelected Poems: The Vernacular Republic
Sydney/London: Angus & Robertson, 1976.
Creeper Habit
Broadsheet/Open Door Press, 1976
Ethnic Radio
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1977.
The Boys Who Stole The FuneralThe Boys Who Stole The Funeral
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1979, 1980;
Manchester: Carcanet, 1989;
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1991.

The Vernacular RepublicThe Vernacular Republic: Poems 1961-1981(enlarged and revised edition of 1976 publication)
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1982;
Edinburgh: Canongate, 1982;
New York: Persea Books, 1982;
(enlarged and revised edition)
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1988.
(limited edition 350 copies)
Copenhagen: Razorback Press 1982.
The People's OtherworldThe People's Otherworld
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1983.

Les A. Murray: Selected PoemsSelected Poems
Manchester: Carcanet, 1986.

The Daylight MoonThe Daylight Moon
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1987;
Manchester: Carcanet, 1988;
New York: Perse a Books, 1988.
The Gravy in Images
International Liturgy Assembly, 1988.
The Idyll Wheel: Cycle of a Year at Bunyah, NSW, April 1986 - April 1987(limited edition, 200 copies)
Canberra: Officina Brindabella, 1989.
Dog Fox FieldDog Fox Field
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1990;
Manchester: Carcanet, 1991;
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1993.
Collected Poems
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1991;
Manchester: Carcanet, 1991;
London: Minerva, 1992;
(released as The Rabbiter's Bounty: Collected Poems)
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1991.
Translations From the Natural WorldTranslations From the Natural World
Paddington: Isabella Press, 1992;
Manchester: Carcanet, 1993;
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994.
Collected Poems
Port Melbourne: William Heinemann Australia, 1994.
Subhuman Redneck PoemsSubhuman Redneck Poems
Manchester: Carcanet, 1996;
Sydney: Duffy & Snellgrove, 1996.

Fredy NeptuneFredy Neptune: A Novel in Verse
Manchester: Carcanet, 1998;
Sydney: Duffy & Snellgrove, 1998.

Collected Poems
Collected Poems
Manchester: Carcanet, 1998.

Nether Stowey (UK): Odyssey Poets, 1998

Conscious & VerbalConscious & Verbal
Manchester: Carcanet, 1999;
Sydney: Duffy & Snellgrove, 2000.

New Selected PoemsNew Selected Poems
Sydney: Duffy & Snellgrove, 1999.

Learning HumanLearning Human: Selected Poems
USA: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2000.

Learning HumanLearning Human: New Selected Poems
Manchester: Carcanet, 2001.

Les Murray by Steven Matthews
Poems the Size of Photographs
Sydney: Duffy & Snellgrove, 2002.

Collected PoemsCollected Poems
Sydney: Duffy & Snellgrove, 2002.

The Full DressThe Full Dress:
An Encounter with the National Gallery of Australia

National Gallery of Australia, 2002.

New Collected PoemsNew Collected Poems
Sydney: Duffy & Snellgrove, 2002.
Manchester: Carcanet, 2003.

[see Table of Contents]

Learning HumanLearning Human: New Selected Poems
Sydney: Duffy & Snellgrove, 2003.

The Biplane HousesThe Biplane Houses
Melbourne: Black Inc., 2006
Manchester: Carcanet, 2006.

Selected PoemsSelected Poems
Melbourne: Black Inc., 2007.

Taller When ProneTaller When Prone
Melbourne: Black Inc., 2010
Manchester: Carcanet, 2010.

The Best 100 Poems of Les Murray
Melbourne: Black Inc., 2012

Waiting for the PastWaiting for the Past
Melbourne: Black Inc., 2015
Manchester: Carcanet, 2015.

New Selected PoemsNew Selected Poems
USA: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
General Prose

The Peasant Mandarin: Prose Pieces
St. Lucia: UQP , 1978.
Persistence in Folly
Persistence in Folly: Selected Prose Writings
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1984.
The Australian Year: The Chronicle of our Seasons and Celebrations
(with photographs by Peter Solness and others)
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1985.
Blocks and Tackles
Blocks and Tackles: Articles and Essays 1982 to 1990
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1990.
The Paperbark Tree: Selected Prose
Manchester: Carcanet, 1992;
London: Minerva, 1993.
Killing the Black Dog
(introduced and edited by Christine Alexander)
Annandale: Federation Press, 1996.

A Working ForestA Working Forest: Selected Prose
Sydney: Duffy & Snellgrove, 1997.

The Quality of SprawlThe Quality of Sprawl: Thoughts about Australia
Sydney: Duffy & Snellgrove, 1999.

Introduction to The ShiraleeIntroduction to The Shiralee (a novel by D'Arcy Niland)
London: Penguin, 2001.

Nonchalant och skitig med dödliga fräknar
Nonchalant och skitig med dödliga fräknar
[The Quality of Sprawl and A Working Forest]
(Swedish translation by Jonas Ellerström)
Stockholm: Bromergs, 2007.

Killing the Black Dog
Killing the Black Dog
(revised and updated edition)
Melbourne: Black Inc, 2009.


Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Regenbogen [An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow]
(German translations by Margitt Lehbert)
Munich: Carl Hanser Verlag, 1996.
Selected Poems (Dutch)
De slabonenpreek [Selected Poems]
(introduced and translated by Maarten Elzinga)
Amsterdam: Meulenhof, 1997.
Midtsommars is [Midsummer Ice]
(Norwegian translations by Grethe Fosse)
Oslo: Solum Forlag, 1997.
En helt almindelig Regubue: Digte [An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow: Poems]
(Danish translated by Martin Leer)
Copenhagen: Gyldendal, 1998.
Tillflykt till ödemarken: dikter
Tillflykt till ödemarken: dikter
[Escape to the Outback: Poems]
(Swedish translations by Stewe Claeson, Jonas Ellerström & Lars Hakan Svensson)
Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand, 2000.
Poemes subhumans
(Catalan translations by Víctor Batallé)
Barcelona: Columna, 2000.
Australia Australia(Spanish translation and essay/notes by Gabriel Planella)
Barcelona: Editorial Lumen, 1997/2000.
Fredy Neptune (Dutch)
Fredy Neptune(Dutch translation) 
Amsterdam: Meulenhof, 2001.

Fredy Neptune (German)
Fredy Neptune(German translation by Thomas Eichhorn) 
Ammann and Verlag, 2004.

Un Arcobaleno Perfettamente Normale
Un Arcobaleno Perfettamente Normale
[An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow]
(Italian translations by Gaetano Prampolini)
Biblioteca Adelphi, 2004.

The End of Symbol
The End of Symbol(Russian translation by Regina Derieva of a selection of poems; bilingual edition) 
New York and Stockholm: Ars-Interpres, 2004.

Freddy Nettuno (Italian)
Freddy Nettuno
(Italian translation by Massimiliano Morini; bilingual edition)
Giano, 2004.

Setu… (The Bridges…)
Setu… (The Bridges…)(Hindi translation of selected poems by Anuraag Sharma)
New Delhi: Sarup and Sons, 2004.

Traumbabwe ["Dreambabwe", a Subhman Redneck poem]
(German translation of shorter poems by Margitt Lehbert)
Ammann, 2005.

Lettere dalla Beozia
Lettere dalla Beozia [Letters from Boeotia]
(Italian translation of poetry and prose by Massimiliano Morini)
Giano, 2005.

Dikter från den efterblivna landsbygden
Dikter från den efterblivna landsbygden
[Subhuman Redneck Poems]
(Swedish translation by Stewe Claeson, Jonas Ellerström and Lars-Håkan Svensson )
Stockholm: Bromergs, 2006.

Gedichte, groß wie Photos
Gedichte, groß wie Photos
[Poems the Size of Photographs]
(German translation by Margitt Lehbert)
Hörby: Rugerup, 2006

Heilige Kühe
Heilige Kühe: Ausgewählte Gedichte
[Holy Cow: Selected poems]
(German translation by Margitt Lehbert)
Hörby: Rugerup, 2006

Übersetzungen aus der Natur
Übersetzungen aus der Natur
[Translations from the Natural World - selections]
(German translation by Margitt Lehbert)
Hörby: Rugerup, 2007

Le rêve de porter des shorts pour toujours
Le rêve de porter des shorts pour toujours
[The dream of wearing shorts forever]
(French translation by Thierry Gillyboeuf)
L'Oreille du Loup, 2011

De planken kathedraal
De planken kathedraal
[The Weatherboard Cathedral]
(Dutch translation by Maarten Elzinga)
Amsterdam: Uitgeverij De Harmonie, 2013


The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse
Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1986;
Oxford, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1991 (expanded edition). 
Anthology of Australian Religious Poetry
Melbourne: Collins Dove, 1986;
Melbourne: Collins Dove, 1991 (2nd edition).
A. B. Paterson: Selected PoemsA. B. Paterson: Selected Poems
Australia: Collins/Angus & Robertson, 1992, 1996.

FivefathersFivefathers: Five Australian Poets of the Pre-Academic Era
Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1994.

Best Australian Poems 2004 
Melbourne: Black Inc, 2004

Hell and AfterHell and After: Four early English-language poets of Australia
Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2005.

Best Australian Poems 2005
Melbourne: Black Inc, 2005


Brodie's Notes on Les A. Murray's Selected Poems: The Vernacular Republic by Pamela Lloyd
Sydney: Pan Books, 1988.
A Vivid Steady State
A Vivid Steady State by Lawrence Bourke
Kensington, NSW: NSW University Press and New Endeavour Press, 1992.
Counterbalancing Light: Essays on Les Murray ed. Carmel Gaffney
Armidale: Kardoorair Press, 1997.
A Dimension of the Angel: A Study of Les Murray's Poetry by Anurag Sharma
Jaipur: Bohra Prakashan, 1997.
Les Murray: A Life in ProgressLes Murray: A Life in Progress by Peter Alexander
Oxford, Melbourne, USA: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Les Murray by Steven MatthewsLes Murray by Steven Matthews
Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001.

Poetry of Les Murray: Critical Essays 
ed. Laurie Hergenham and Bruce Clunies Ross
Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 2002.
Les Murray and Australian PoetryLes Murray and Australian Poetry ed. Angela Smith
London: Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, 2002.

Les Murray CountryLes Murray Country: Development and Significance of an Australian Poetic Landscape by Ulla Fürstenberg
Tubingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 2004.