Translations from the Natural World


Les A. Murray

In this collection of poems by Les Murray animals speak about themselves, each in its own distinctive voice. The human animal is also included, at the beginning and the conclusion of this collection. Murray is also the author of a book of prose “The Paperbark Tree” (1992).

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Not only the migrating birds speak in “Translations from the Natural World”. The imprisoned species of pigs use their slum language; ravens, cuttlefish, sunflowers and a shell-back tick are among those non-verbal members of our natural world which find distinctive voices in this new collection of poems by Les Murray. Few poets could achieve such variety of approach to express character and feelings and to give us their vision of the universe. Les Murray also includes the human animal in the poems which begin and conclude the collection.

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