Les Murray was an award-winning Australian poet with more than 30 published collections of work, including Taller When Prone, The Biplane Houses, Waiting for the Past and The Best 100 Poems of Les Murray. His work has been translated into ten foreign languages.
Haze went from smoke-blue to beige
gradually, after midday.
The Inland was passing over
high up, and between the trees.
The north hills and the south hills
lost focus and faded away.
As the Inland was passing over
lungless flies quizzing road kill
got clogged with aerial plaster.
Familiar roads ended in vertical
paddocks unfenced in abstraction.
The sun was back to animating clay.
The whole ploughed fertile crescent
inside the ranges’ long bow
offered up billion-tonne cargo
Nothing without context. Politics, society, culture.