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.
Death gets into the suburbs, but sleek
turnover highrise keeps it out of mind
and wilderness, wrapped in its own deaths,
scarcely points us at ours,
but furred rusty machines, and grey
boards unglazed for heritage or holiday –
you can’t truck in enough bricks.
Settled country is the land of the dead,
there you are taught love as mourning,
you shop in boarded-up places.
It’s great to follow car-dust
out towards the Mistake,
way past a working people’s farm,
long widowed, standing in space.
Nothing without context. Politics, society, culture.