The New Collected Poems

The following is a full table of contents for the New Collected Poems, 2002 (for publication information see Bibliography). The poems are arranged roughly in order of publication, with one or two anomalies (eg. although Les Murray groups Bat's Ultrasound with the other Translations from the Natural World, the poem was published as early as 1986).

To read poems by Les Murray, please refer to the Showcase of shorter poems on this site, to the sample pages from The Full Dress or to other poems listed on the Contents page.



Table of Contents

from THE ILEX TREE, 1965

The Burning Truck
Tableau in January
The Trainee, 1914
The Widower in the Country
Noonday Axeman
The Away-bound Train
Spring Hail
Driving Through Sawmill Towns

from THE WEATHERBOARD CATHEDRAL, 1969

Evening Atone at Bunyah
The Princes' Land
Ill Music
Troop Train Returning
Blood
The Abomination
Once in a Lifetime, Snow
Recourse to the Wilderness
The Commercial Hotel
The Incendiary Method
An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow
Working Men
A Walk with O'Connor
Senryu
The Ballad Trap
Hayfork Point
The Fire Autumn
The Canberra Remnant

from POEMS AGAINST ECONOMICS, 1972

Toward the Imminent Days
Lament for the Country Soldiers
The Conquest
The Ballad of Jimmy Governor
SMLE
Vindaloo in Merthyr Tydfil
Incorrigible Grace
Walking to the Cattle Place
   1. Sanskrit
   2. Birds in Their Title Work Freeholds of Straw
   3. The Names of the Humble
   4. The Artery
   5. Death Words
   6. The Commonwealth of Manu
   7. Stockman Songs
   8. The Bush
   9. Poley Bullock Couplets
   10. The Boeotian Count
   11. Novilladas Democráticas
   12. Hall's Cattle
   13. Boöpis
   14. The Pure Food Act
   15. Goloka

from LUNCH AND COUNTER LUNCH, 1974

József
Folklore
Police: Seven Voices
   1. The Knuckle Garden
   2. Plainclothes Park
   3. Discontent, Reading Conczn Doyle
   4. Rostered Duty
   5. The Lips Move During Anointing
   6. The Breach
   7. Sergeant Forby Lectures the Cadets

Aqualung Shinto
The Canberra Suburbs' Infinite Extension
Thinking About Aboriginal Land Rights, I Visit the Farm I Will Not Inherit
Their Cities, Their Universities
Kiss of the Whip
On the Wreckage of a Hijacked Airliner
Escaping Out There
Portrait of the Autist as a New World Driver
Company
Cycling in the Lake Country
Sidere Mens Eadem Mutato
The Broad Bean Sermon
The Action
The Edge of the Forest

from ETHNIC RADIO, 1977

Lachlan Macquarie's First Language
The Euchre Game
The Mitchells
The Flying-fox Dreaming
Visiting Anzac in the Year of Metrication
The Powerline Incarnation
Sydney and the Bush
The Returnees
Spurwing Plover
Laconics: The Forty Acres
Creeper Habit
Tanka: The Coffee Shops
The Gallery
Employment for the Castes in Abeyance
The Cardiff Commonwealth Arts Festival Poetry Conference 1965, Recalled
Driving to the Adelaide Festival 1976 via the Murray Valley Highway
The Buladelah-Taree Holiday Song Cycle
The Swarm
Four Gaelic Poems
   1. Free Kirk Cemetery, Northern New South Wales
   2. A Skirl for Outsets
   3. The Gum Forest
   4. Elegy for Angus Macdonald of Cnoclinn
Rainwater Tank
The Future
Cowyard Gates
Immigrant Voyage
The Craze Field

from THE PEOPLE'S OTHERWORLD, 1983

For a Jacobite Lady
The Grassfire Stanzas
Homage to the Launching-place
First Essay on Interest
The Fishermen at South Head
The Doorman
Anthropomorphics
The New Moreton Bay
The Sydney Highrise Variations
   1. Fuel Stoppage on Gladesville Road Bridge in the Year 1980
   2. View of Sydney, Australia, from Gladesville Road Bridge
   3. The Flight from Manhattan
   4. The C19-20
   5. The Recession of the Joneses

Quintets for Robert Morley
Bent Water in the Tasmanian Highlands
Equanimity
The Forest Hit by Modern Use
Shower
The Quality of Sprawl
Three Poems in Memory of My Mother, Miriam Murray née Arnall
   Weights
   Midsummer Ice
   The Steel
Machine Portraits with Pendant Spaceman
The International Poetry Festivals Thing
Little Boy Impelling a Scooter
Self-portrait from a Photograph
The Hypogeum
An Immortal
Second Essay on Interest: the Emu
A Retrospect of Humidity
Flowering Eucalypt in Autumn
The Chimes of Neverwhere
The Smell of Coal Smoke
The Mouthless Image of God in the Hunter-Colo Mountains
Time Travel
Three Interiors
Morse
Late Snow in Edinburgh
Art History: the Suburb of Surrealls
The Dialectic of Dreams
Satis Passio

from THE DAYLIGHT MOON, 1987

Flood Plains on the Coast Facing Asia
Cumulus
Federation Style on the Northern Rivers
Easter 1984
Physiognomy on the Savage Manning River
The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever
At the Aquatic Carnival
The Sleepout
Tropical Window
Louvres
The Edgeless
The Drugs of War
Letters to the Winner
The China Pear Trees
The Vol Sprung from Heraldry
The Megaethon: 1850, 1906-29
Fastness
1980 in a Street of Federation Houses
The Milk Lorry
The Butter Factory
Roman Cage-cups
The Lake Surnames
Nocturne
Lotus Dam
At Min-Min Camp
Hearing Impairment At Thunderbolt's Grave in Uralla
Infra Red
Poetry and Religion
Inverse Ballad
Relics of Sandy
Joker as Told
Writer in Residence
A Public Figure
The Young Woman Visitor
The Grandmother's Story
The Line
Extract from a Verse Letter to Dennis Haskell
Max Fabre's Yachts
Aspects of Language and War on the Gloucester Road
The Idyll Wheel:
   Cycle of a Year at Bunyah, New South Wales, April 1986-April 1987
      Preface
   APRIL
      Leaf Spring
   MAY
      When Bounty Is Down to Persimmons and Lemons
   JUNE
      The Kitchens
   JULY
      Midwinter Haircut
   AUGUST
      Forty Acre Ethno
   SEPTEMBER
      Mercurial
   OCTOBER
      Freshwater and Salt
   NOVEMBER
      The Misery Cord
   DECEMBER
      Infant Among Cattle
   JANUARY
      Variations on a Measure of Burns
    FEBRUARY
      Feb
   MARCH
      Masculeene, Cried the Bulls
   APRIL
      The Idyll Wheel

from DOG FOX FIELD, 1990

The Transposition of Clermont
The Fall of Aphrodite Street
Two Rains
To the Soviet Americans
Low Down Sandcastle Blues
The Emerald Dove
Cave Divers Near Mount Gambier
The Tin Wash Dish
The Inverse Transports
The Narrabri Reservation
The Up-to-date Scarecrow
The Pole Barns
The 1812 Overture at Topkapi Saray
Glaze
Farmer at Fifty
The Tube
Shale Country
Barrenjoey
The International Terminal
Granite Country
The Ocean Baths
Three Last Stanzas
Mirror-glass Skyscrapers
The Lieutenant of Horse Artillery
Dog Fox Field
Hastings River Cruise
Gun-e-Darr
Words of the Glassblowers
High Sugar
Levities of the Short Giant
On Removing Spiderweb
The Assimilation of Background
Araucaria Bidwilli
Spring
Accordion Music
Experiential
The Greenhouse Vanity
Slip
Aircraft Stressed-skin Blowout Mid-Pacific
Ariel
Politics and Art
Major Sparrfelt's Trajectory
A Torturer's Apprenticeship
The Ballad of the Barbed Wire Ocean
Midnight Lake
Antarctica
Distinguo
The Past Ever Present
Like the Joy at His First Lie
Blue Roan
The Road Toll
An Era 343
The Gaelic Long Tunes
Wagtail
Sandstone Country
Manners of the Supranation

from TRANSLATIONS FROM THE NATURAL WORLD, 1992

Kimberley Brief
Equinoctial Gales at Hawthornden Castle
Ultima Ratio
North Country Suite
Presence: Translations From the Natural World
   Bats' Ultrasound
   Eagle Pair
   Layers of Pregnancy
   Strangler Fig
   Two Dogs
   Cockspur Bush
   Lyrebird
   Shoal
   Prehistory of Air
   The Gods
   Cattle Ancestor
   Mollusc
   Cattle Egret
   The Snake's Heat Organ
   Great Bole
   Echidna
   Yard Horse
   The Octave of Elephants
   The Masses
   That Evolution Proceeds by Charity and Faith
   Queen Butterfly
   Pigs
   The Cows on Killing Day
   MeMeMe
   Puss
   Shellback Tick
   Cell DNA
   Sunflowers
   Goose to Donkey
   Spermaceti
   Honey Cycle
   The Dragon
   Animal Nativity
   Stone Fruit
   Deer on the Wet Hills
   Raven, sotto voce
   Cuttlefish
   Migratory
   From Where We Live On Presence
   Possum's Nocturnal Day
Home Suite
The Fellow Human
The Wedding at Berrico
Crankshaft

from SUBHUMAN REDNECK POEMS, 1996

The Family Farmers' Victory
A Brief History
Where Humans Can't Leave and Mustn't Complain
Green Rose Tan
The Say-but-the-word Centurion Attempts a Summary
Dead Trees in the Dam
Rock Music
The Rollover
Late Summer Fires
Corniche
Suspended Vessels
The Water Column
The Beneficiaries
The Maenads
The Portrait Head
In Phrygia, Birthplace of Embroidery
Like Wheeling Stacked Water
The Sand Coast Sonnets
   Wallis Lake Estuary
   Twin Towns History
   The Sand Dingoes
   On Home Beaches
   Leash Chain
   From Bennett's Head

The Bohemian Occupation
The Fossil imprint
On the Present Slaughter of Feral Animals
Memories of the Height-to-Weight Ratio
Water-gardening in an Old Farm Dam
The Suspension of Knock
It Allows a Portrait in Line Scan at Fifteen
Performance
War Song
Australian Love Poem
Inside Ayers Rock
Each Morning Once More Seamless
Contested Landscape at Forsayth
The Shield-Scales of Heraldry
The Year of the Kiln Portraits
Under the Banana Mountains
A Stage in Gentrification
Earth Tremor at Night
Waking Up on Tour
Tympan Alley
A Lego of Driving to Sydney
Burning Want
The Last Hellos
Opening in England
My Ancestress and the Secret Ballot
Comete
Dry Water
Life Cycle of Ideas
Cotton Flannelette
The Trances
The Devil
The Nearly Departed
The Warm Rain
Demo
Deaf Language
Reverse Light
The Genetic Galaxy
Blowfly Grass
Dreambabwe
Below Bronte House
The Head-Spider

from CONSCIOUS AND VERBAL, 1999

Amanda's Painting
One Kneeling, One Looking Down
Bottles in the Bombed City – Manchester 1996
The Margin of Difference
A Reticence
Travels with John Hunter
Drought Dust on the Crockery
The Harleys
Aurora Prone
Best Western
The Instrument
Our Week in Grand Luxe
Spital Tower
Rodd Island Wedding
Music to Me is Like Days
Coolongolook Timber Mill
Incunabular
A Deployment of Fashion
Prime Numbers
To Me You'll Always Be Spat
The Disorderly
Five Postcards
The Internationale
More than an Obiter Dichter
The Water Plough
The Great Hall of Chlorine
A Dog's Elegy
László
Big Shame
The Sunraysia Poems
   Asparagus Bones
   Oasis City
   Closer Links with Sunraysia
   The Bulb of the Darling Lily
The Newly Tragic Dodo
The Mowed Hollow
Towards 2000
You Find You Can Leave It All
The Derelict Milky Way
Literary Editor
The Relative Gold
The Ice Indigene
The Day I Slept Like a Dolphin
The Rotterdam Flight Cage
Small Flag Above the Slaughter
Downhill on Borrowed Skis
The Holy Show
The Good Plates
A Verb Agreement
At the Swamping of Categories
A Riddle
Sound Bites
Young General MacArthur in a Coonskin Coat
In the Costume of Andalusia
Chanson
The Long Wet Season
Autumn Cello

from POEMS THE SIZE OF PHOTOGRAPHS, 2002

The New Hieroglyphics
On the Borders
The Annals of Sheer
Ernest Hemingway and the Latest Quake
The Images Alone
Rooms of the Sketch-Garden
Angophora Floribunda
At the Falls
True Yarn
An Australian Legend
The Engineer Formerly Known as Strangelove
The Tin Clothes
The Successive Arms
Judged Worth Evacuating
The Moon Man
Succour
Predawn in Health
The Antipodes of India
Robert Fergusson Night
To Dye For
Touchdown
The Cut-Out
I History of the Enlightenment
Visitor
Mythology
Clothing as Dwelling as Shouldered Boat
Starry Night
The Kettle's Bubble-Making Floor
Big Bang
Worker Knowledge
Jellyfish
To Fly In Just Your Suit
The Great Cuisine Cleaver Dance Sonnet
Lace Curtain
Creole Exam
The Hewers
Laggan Cemetery
The Paint House
Hoon Hoon
A Countryman
The End of Symbol
The Scores
   1901
   1921
   1941
   1961
   1981
   2001

Reclaim the Sites
The Clear Saline of Theory
The Fair Go
The Bellwether Brush
In a Time of Cuisine
Uplands
The Pay for Fosterage
The Myriads
A Study of the Nude
Iguassu
Pietà Once Attributed to Cosme Tura
The Knockdown Question
The Insiders
The Onset
The Dog's Bad Name
Pop Music
The Body in Physics
Fruit Bat Colony by Day
Cool History
The Machine-Gunning of Charm
The Climax of Factory Farming
Massacre's All-Party Fuel
Fusee
D.C.
Outside of the Iron Mask
The Poisons of Right and Left
The Top Alcohol Contender
Apsley Falls
To One Outside the Culture
Portrait of a Felspar-Coloured Cat
Mars at Perigee
More Pictographs
Reflection in a Military Cap Badge
Explaining a Cheese
National Dress
A Shrine House
At University
The Young Fox
Experience
The Barcaldine Suite
The Meaning of Existence
The Aboriginal Cricketer
The Gymnast Valeria
The Aztec Revival
Brief, That Place in the Year
The Averted
At the Widening of a War
The Muddy Trench




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