Les Murray

Poet and critic

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)




Les Murray
by Norman McBeath
bromide fibre print, 21 April 2003
NPG x126407
© Norman McBeath / National Portrait Gallery, London