Les Murray, The Vernacular Republic

The Vernacular Republic by Les Murray My rating: 4 of 5 stars I started reading Les Murray almost by accident five years ago. I was in my adjunct peregrinations asked to teach a poetry-writing class at the last minute—though fiction is my preferred form—and self-consciously started to read more verse. Murray, meanwhile, was a favorite … Continue reading Les Murray, The Vernacular Republic

Les Murray, Dog Fox Field

Dog Fox Field by Les Murray My rating: 5 of 5 stars Prose is Protestant-agnostic, story, discussion, significance, but poetry is Catholic: poetry is presence.Give this man a Nobel Prize! Why not?—are we not long overdo for an Australian? for an Anglophone poet? It would be an interesting political gesture too, given that Murray's nuanced … Continue reading Les Murray, Dog Fox Field

Goodreads Reviews September/October

My Goodreads reviews for the last month or so, novels and poetry and comics. Daniel Clowes, Ghost World Les Murray, Dog Fox Field Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, All-Star Superman J. M. Coetzee, The Master of Petersburg Walt Whitman, Song of Myself Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen Charles Brocken Brown, Wieland and Memoirs of … Continue reading Goodreads Reviews September/October

Les Murray, Dog Fox Field

Dog Fox Field by Les Murray My rating: 5 of 5 stars Prose is Protestant-agnostic, story, discussion, significance, but poetry is Catholic: poetry is presence. Give this man a Nobel Prize! Why not?—are we not long overdo for an Australian? for an Anglophone poet? It would be an interesting political gesture too, given that Murray's … Continue reading Les Murray, Dog Fox Field