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Translations from the natural world : poems

Author: Les A Murray
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Translations from the Natural World, Les Murray's new collection of poems, is, like all his work, rich in inventiveness, perception, and a rare delight in the mimetic powers of language. Its centerpiece is Presence, a sequence of forty "translations from the natural world" about a variety of natural settings and their amazing denizens. Lyre birds, honeycombs, sea lions, cuttlefish, and possums all act as spurs to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Les A Murray
ISBN: 0374278709 9780374278700
OCLC Number: 28147937
Description: 67 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Kimberley Brief --
Equinoctial Gales at Hawthornden Castle --
Ultima Ratio --
North Country Suite --
Eagle Pair --
Layers of Pregnancy --
Strangler Fig --
Insect Mating Flight --
Two Dogs --
Cockspur Bush --
Lyre Bird --
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 --
Mother Sea Lion --
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.
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Translations from the Natural World, Les Murray's new collection of poems, is, like all his work, rich in inventiveness, perception, and a rare delight in the mimetic powers of language. Its centerpiece is Presence, a sequence of forty "translations from the natural world" about a variety of natural settings and their amazing denizens. Lyre birds, honeycombs, sea lions, cuttlefish, and possums all act as spurs to Murray's protean talents for description and imitation. As Lachlan MacKinnon wrote in The Times Literary Supplement, "These poems, a grand tour of the given, are a great hymn to the particularities in which God's creative generosity is expressed, and they will be widely enjoyed and admired. Their technical and linguistic largesse confirms ... that Les Murray is one of the very finest poets in whom the English language is now at work."

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