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Leslie Allan Murray (b. 17 October 1938) is an Australian poet and critic. He was born in Nabiac, New South Wales. October 17 is the 290th (in leap years the 291st) day of the year according to the Gregorian calendar. ... 1938 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Motto: Orta Recens Quam Pura Nites (Newly Risen, How Brightly You Shine) Nickname: First State, Premier State Other Australian states and territories Capital Sydney Government Governor Premier Const. ...


He went in 1957 to the University of Sydney, to read modern languages. There he became a Roman Catholic convert. He became a professional translator, without completing a degree. He became a full-time writer in 1969, having spent some time travelling and completing his degree course. The University of Sydney, established in 1850, is the oldest university in Australia, and it is located in Sydney, the capital city of the state of New South Wales. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ...


He also edited the magazine Poetry Australia, and served as literary editor of Quadrant.


Works

  • The Ilex Tree (1965) (with Geoffrey Lehmann) poems
  • The Weatherboard Cathedral (1969) poems
  • Poems Against Economics (1972)
  • Lunch and Counter Lunch (1974)
  • The Vernacular Republic Selected Poems (1976)
  • Ethnic Radio (1978) poems
  • The Peasant Mandarin (1978) prose
  • The Boys Who Stole the Funeral (1980) verse novel
  • Equanimities (1982) poems
  • The Vernacular Republic: Poems 1961-1981 (1982)
  • The People's Otherworld (1983) poems
  • Persistence in Folly (1984) prose
  • The Daylight Moon (1987), poems
  • The Idyll Wheel (1989) poems
  • Dog Fox Field (1990) poems
  • Blocks and Tackles (1990) prose
  • The Rabbiter's Bounty (1991)
  • Translations from the Natural World (1992) poems
  • Subhuman Redneck Poems (1996)
  • A Working Forest (1997) prose
  • Fredy Neptune (1998) poetry
  • Learning Human (2000) poetry (shortlisted for the 2001 International Griffin Poetry Prize)
  • Conscious & Verbal (2001) poetry (shortlisted for the 2002 International Griffin Poetry Prize)
  • Poems the Size of Photographs (2002) poetry

The Griffin Poetry Prize is Canadas youngest and most lucrative poetry award. ... The Griffin Poetry Prize is Canadas youngest and most lucrative poetry award. ...

External links

  • Griffin Poetry Prize biography, including audio clip

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7.30 Report - 06/04/2006: Reflective thoughts with Les Murray (1371 words)
Les Murray is about to go on tour to promote his latest book of verse 'The Biplane Houses', and I recorded this interview in Sydney.
LES MURRAY: The best-loved poems are known as such to the lovers alone.
LES MURRAY: One of the ways that Australian country people were being flogged in the '90s was we were rapacious destroyers of the land and turned it saline and all that sort of thing.
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