Les Murray has been acknowledged internationally as one of the most gifted Australian poets. However, he has also proved a controversial figure, whose poetry strayed across the boundaries of political and cultural debate. The dedication Murray made in all of his books is 'to the glory of God'.
Matthews, S, 2001, Les Murray, Melbourne University Press, Carlton South, Vic.
The Meaning of Existence
Everything except language
knows the meaning of existence.
Trees, planets, rivers, time
know nothing else. They express it
moment by moment as the universe.
Even this fool of a body
lives it in part, and would
have full dignity within it
but for the ignorant freedom
of my talking mind.
Poems the Size of Photographs, 2002
On our shelves:
- The Best 100 poems of Les Murray
- The Biplane houses: poems by Les Murray
- Collected poems (1991)
- Conscious and verbal
- Killing the black dog: essay and poems
- On Bunyah
- New selected poems (1998)
- Poems the size of a photograph
- Subhuman Redneck poems
- Taller when prone: poems by Les Murray
- The Vernacular republic: poems 1961-1983
- Waiting for the past: poems by Les Murray
A response by the poet to work held by the National Gallery of Australia:
Criticism and interpretation:
- Les Murray by Steven Matthews
- The Poetry of Les Murray: critical essays edited by Laurie Hergenhan and Bruce Clunies Ross
- Les Murray: a life in progress by Peter Alexander
Remembering Les Murray
- Aikman, Amos, 2019, 'We revelled in refuge of a fertile life of words', The Weekend Australian, May 4, p. 21
- Craven, Peter 2019, 'Too big for the rich fields of Australian verse: one of the world's greatest poets was uncomfortable about the culture wars', The Weekend Australian, May 4, p. 20.
- Gremmell, Nikki, 2019, 'He's gone now, this apotheosis of love. My friendship with Les Murray, who gave me my first break as a writer, felt like a gift', The Weekend Australian, May 4, p. 20.
- 'Of frightened cows, a slippery ice block and an unmade bed. Les Murray fans tell what the literary giant meant to them', The Weekend Australian, May 4, pp. 20-21. Includes contributions from Geoffrey Lehmann, Tom Keneally, JM Coetzee, John Kinsella, Peter Goldsworthy, Sarah Holland-Batt, Peter Carey, David Mason, Peter Garrett, Paul Kelly, Stephen Romei and Noel Pearson.
On our shelves:
- eLibrary - General author/title search
- O'Driscoll, D, 2005 'Les Murray, the Art of Poetry no.89, Paris Review, Spring
- Colvin, Mark, Parry, Yasmin, 2015, 'Les Murray: Poet's latest On Bunyah, the place where he grew up and always returned, ABC , 13 October.
- Edgar, S, 2015, 'Stephen Edgar reviews 'Waiting for the past', Australian Book Review.
- James, C, 2015, 'Les Murray and the purpose of poetry', Quadrant Online, June, with reference to 'Waiting for the past.
- O'Rourke, M, 2011, 'Les Murray and the poetry of depression', 'The New York Times: Sunday Book Review, 1 April.
- Plunkett, Felicity, 2019, On 'Collected Poems" by Les Murray, Griffith Review
- Smith, L, 2015, 'Review short: Les Murray's On Bunyah, in Cordite Poetry Review, 25 October
- Wootton, W, 2006, 'Salt, land and tears, The Biplane house', The Guardian, 21 October
- Les Murray - Official website
- Les Murray Biography - Famous Poets & Poems
- Les Murray Australian Poetry Library
Remembering Les Murray
- Kinsella, John, 2019, Les Murray remembered by John Kinsella: a brilliant "battler-poet", The Guardian, 29 April.
- Bolton, Robert, 2019, 'Les Murray, giant of Australian literature, dead at 80', Financial Review, 29 April.
- Driscoll, Julia, 2019, 'Les Murray had a long standing relationship with MidCoast library manager Chris Jones', GuardianNews, 1 May.
- Schmidt, M, 2019, 'Les Murray obituary. Leading Australian poet whose work celebrated the rural world', The Guardian, 2 May.
- 'Vale Les Murray AO. Alumnus and poet of place and people, 1938-2019, The University of Sydney, Faculty Arts and Social Sciences, 30 April.
The Wheeler Centre
- Australian Literature 102: Les Murray: Selected Poems - A discussion with James Ley & David Astlie
- Les Murray - Les Murray with Lisa Gorton - 8th April 2010 about his book of poems Taller when Prone