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|Named Person:||Les A Murray; Les A Murray|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Les A Murray
|Description:||vii, 86 pages ; 21 cm|
|Contents:||Killing the black dog --
Black dog poems --
Index of first lines --
Index of titles.
Killing the Black Dog is Murray's recollection of those awful days: brief, pointed, wise, arid full of beauty in the way of his poetry. The prose text--delicately balanced between personal and informative--gives a glimpse of the imprint that depression can leave on a life. The accompanying poems show their roots in his crisisùa crisis from which, he reports toward the close of this poignant book, he has fully recovered. "My thinking is no longer jammed and sooty with resentment," he recalls. "I no longer wear only stretch-knit clothes and drawstring pants. I no longer come down with bouts of weeping or reasonless exhaustion. And I no longer seek rejection in a belief that only bitterly conceded praise is reliable."