Les Murray

Poet and critic

Black and white photo of a man with light skin tone wearing a check shirt and baseball cap Les Murray, by Norman McBeath, 21 April 2003, NPG x126407, © Norman McBeath / National Portrait Gallery, London

Australian poet and critic. Collections include The People’s Otherworld and the verse novel The Boys Who Stole the Funeral.

Bristling food for tough delicate
raucous life ...

From ‘Flowering Eucalypt in Autumn’ in Collected Poems (Manchester: Carcanet, 1991)

To go home and wear shorts for ever
in the enormous paddocks in that warm climate,
adding a sweater when winter soaks the grass

From ‘The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever’ in Collected Poems (Manchester: Carcanet, 1991)