About this Site

I first came across Les Murray in 1996 when Performance appeared in a British newspaper, and immediately went out and bought Subhuman Redneck Poems.

I was struck by the energy and inventiveness evident in all the poems – and there was something about the humour of poems like Pigs and Inside Ayers Rock, and the bucolic charm of poems like The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever:

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

to camp out along the river bends
for good, wearing shorts, with a pocketknife,
a fishing line and matches ...

to be walking meditatively
among green timber, through the grassy forest
towards a calm sea
and looking across to more of that great island
and the further tropics.

Though I have tried to keep the pages factual in nature and free of value judgements, I hope I also manange to convey my enthusiasm for Les Murray's poetry – and to persuade you to go out and buy one or two of his books!

Acknowledgements & Contact

Pre-Colombian Shaman from Mexico

Pre-Colombian Terracotta
Shaman from Mexico
(Australian National Gallery)
- a postcard from Les Murray


Thanks are due primarily to the support and contributions of Les Murray himself (with whom I keep in regular contact about the site) and Peter Alexander (his biographer).

Any feedback, suggestions, links or other material would be very welcome. Please email me. I have made a selection of comments from past visitors (after asking their permission) on the Visitor Feedback page.

Jason Clapham

Technical Information

This site was last updated: 21 October, 2015. Look out for the new markers on the Contents page.

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